Legislative Information

Net Worth, Asset Transfers, and Income Exclusions for Needs-Based Benefits 


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing entitlement to VA pension to maintain the integrity of the pension program and to implement recent statutory changes. The proposed regulations would establish new requirements pertaining to the evaluation of net worth and asset transfers for pension purposes and would identify those medical expenses that may be deducted from countable income for VA's needs-based benefit programs. The intended effect of these changes is to respond to recent recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to maintain the integrity of VA's needs-based benefit programs, and to clarify and address issues necessary for the consistent adjudication of pension and parents' dependency and indemnity compensation claims. We also propose to implement statutory changes pertaining to certain pension beneficiaries who receive Medicaid-covered nursing home care, as well as a statutory income exclusion for certain disabled veterans and a non-statutory income exclusion pertaining to annuities.

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Other Information

Expansion of LLLT to Estate and Health Care Law 

HB 1139 Expansion of the OPG - January 2017 

HB 1402 Isolation Bill - January 2017

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Affordable Healthcare Act Supreme Court Decision June 28, 2012

Legislative Bill Tracking 2012

Legislative Tracking Form 2012

OPG Statement of Support January 6, 2012

Budget Cuts to COPES Will Increase the Cost of Care