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Proposed Changes to VA Pension Eligibility Rules

The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed new rules affecting VA pension eligibility that would place restrictions on asset transfers with a penalty period that could last up to a decade; limit home lot sizes to two acres; and cap home health care expenses.  The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and veterans advocates believe the enactment of this proposed rule could cause severe harm to veterans in need of long term care, and their families.  The new rules are more restrictive than Medicaid by disallowing the use of trusts and annuities as long term care planning tools.

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