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VA Benefits Chart and VA Information-Appendix 4


Revised February 10, 2014



Purpose: This section provides information on Veteran's benefits. VA Benefit chart, VA contact information and information regarding VA benefits.

Links to information on Veteran's Benefits

United States Department of Veteran's Affairs.

HCS VA Improved Pension and UME calculator Under the VA income and TPL training section.

HCS Financial Training on VA improved Pension and how to use the VA calculator

December 2011 Veterans Benefit Chart

December 2012 Veterans Benefit Chart

December 2013 Veterans Benefit Chart

December 2014 Veterans Benefit Chart insert here


Veteran's Administration Contacts in Washington State

 

Service Office

County

CSO #

HCS #

REGION 1

American Legion
4815 North Assembly, Bldg 6A
Spokane, WA 99205-6197

509-434-7750

Stevens

33

78

Pend Oreille 26

78

Lincoln 22

57

Spokane 32, 58, 59, 60

57

Adams 01

81

Whitman 38

57

REGION 2 North

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Medical/Dental Building #415
2722 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA 98201

425-339-1973

Skagit

29

63

Island 15 63
Snohomish 52, 68, 65, 31 89, 90, 91, 92

REGION 2 South

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Federal Bldg, VARO Room 1040
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174

206-220-6191

King

80, 40, 42, 74, 43, 55, 44, 46, 47, 45, 41

56

REGION 3 North

Department of Veterans Affairs
262 Burwell Street

Bremerton, WA 983
37

360-478-4565

Kitsap

 

18 88

American Legion
VA Medical Center Bldg 16, Room 111
American Lake
Tacoma, WA 98493

253-583-1300

Pierce 49, 48, 67, 51

17, 66

 

REGION 3 South

Department of Veterans Affairs
262 Burwell Street
Bremerton, WA 983
37

360-478-4565

Clallam 05, 64 93
Jefferson 16 93

Department of Veterans Affairs
1011 Plum St, Bldg 5, 2nd Floor
PO Box 41150
Olympia WA 98504-1150

1-800-562-2308
360-7
53-5586

Grays Harbor 14, 61

94

Mason

23

96
Lewis 21 95
Thurston 34 96

American Legion
1603 E. 4th Plain Blvd, Room 123
Vancouver WA 98661

360-690-0274

Pacific 25, 71 97
Wahkiakum 35 97
Cowlitz 08 97
Skamania 30 98
Clark

53, 06

98

All regions, counties and offices not listed:
Send Veterans Referral forms (DSHS 14-162(X) and 14-162A(X) to:

WDVA - Alternate Care
MS 41150
PO Box 41150
Olympia, WA  98504-1150

1-800-562-2308

 

Dates for Wartime Service

Mexican Border Period - May 9, 1916 through April 5, 1917 for veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders or in adjacent waters.

World War I - April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918; for veterans who served in Russia, April 6, 1917 through April 1, 1920; extended through July 1, 1921, for veterans who had at least one day of service between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918.

World War II - December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946.

Korean Conflict - June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955.

Vietnam Era - August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961, for veterans who served "in country" before August 5, 1964) through May 7, 1975.

Gulf War - August 2, 1990 through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Service Offices with DSHS CSO / HCS Numbers and counties for each Office's service delivery area. 


Clarifying Information



Veteran's Aid and Attendance ( A & A) and some Unusual Medical Expenses (UME) payments are considered excluded income for the purposes of SSI related Medical eligibility and Institutional Medical eligibility.   This is described in WAC 182-512-0840.  These payments act as reimbursement for services (usually long term care) received by eligible Veterans, and as such are a Third Party resource.  VA A & A is counted in determining the total cost of care a client owes in post eligibility calculations for long term care services.  (WAC references re Medicaid is payor of last resort and third party liability:    WAC 182-503-0540, WAC 182-501-0100 , WAC 182-501-0200WAC 182-502-0100 ).   Contact Lori Rolley or Peggy Rezac for the Department brief if there is a hearing request on this issue. 

For Veterans in medical institutions see WAC 182-513-1380 Determining a client's participation in the cost of care for long-term care services.

For Veterans on an HCS HCB Waiver program see WAC 182-515-1505

WAC 182-513-1340  Determining excluded income for long-term care services describes benefits designated for the veteran's dependent, unusual medical expenses, aid and attendance allowance and household allowance.   There is an exception when a client is residing in a state veterans nursing home with no dependents.  VA benefits listed in WAC 388-513-1340 are excluded when determining initial eligibility, but counted when determining the participation in the cost of care. 

WAC 182-512-0840  SSI related medical-Work-and agency-related income exclusions describe that VA A & A, Housebound allowance, and UME are excluded income for SSI related medical.  If a client goes off long-term care services and continues to receive these VA benefits, they would be excluded when doing a redetermination under non institutional SSI related medical. 

Veteran's residing in a State Veterans nursing home are allowed a higher personal needs allowance.  ( LTC standards).    

Veterans that receive the $90 VA improved pension amount are allowed to keep the $90 plus their regular PNA when residing in a medical institution or residential setting.   These must be coded as VZ in ACES.  Add text to the letter indicating the individual is allowed to keep the $90 VA plus their regular PNA.  

For detailed information on the VA benefits chart, the types of VA benefits and how to correctly code VA income in ACES, see the link at the top of this page titled HCS Financial Training Packet on VA benefits. 


Protecting PNA with VA TPR Example

Protecting PNA with VA TPR Example.pdf


Worker Responsibilities-VA referral project (HCS applicants)

For long-term care applicants with HCS, an automated referral process is sent directly to the HCA Veterans project team from ALTSA 

The VA referral project benefits:  

  • Improved client service and access to VA benefit

  • Increased available income for ALTSA clients

  • Standardized and streamlined Veterans Benefit Referral process

  • Centralized documentation of Veterans Benefit Referrals and results

VA project process:

 

  • HCA VA Project team compiles new recipients through Bar Code and transmits to Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) weekly

  • WDVA runs data through SHARE to determine clients potentially eligible for VA benefits

  • WDVA requests referrals for potentially eligible clients from the HCA VA Project team

  • HCA VA Project team sends Veterans Benefit Referrals for requested clients to WDVA

  • WDVA considers additional information and calls client or representative to make full assessment regarding eligibility for VA benefits.  Some are ruled out.

  • If WDVA is unable to contact after 3 attempts in 3 weeks, returns 14-162a to Project Team as “unable to contact”

  • Contracted agency or WDVA visits client or representative to complete VA paperwork

  • Contracting agency or WDVA submits claim to VARO

  • WDVA sends 14-162a to Project Team to notify that VA claim has been filed

  • Project Team tracks claim application

  • Contracting agency notifies WDVA if client or representative is not cooperating

  • WDVA advises financial worker of non-cooperation via DSHS 14-162a

  • Financial worker sends the client a letter with requirement to pursue possible VA benefits

  • Financial worker contacts HCA VA Project team for 2nd Veterans Benefit Referral after client or the client’s representative contacts and indicates intent to pursue benefits

  • Financial worker notifies HCA VA Project team if client is unable to pursue benefits and has no one to assist them

  • Financial worker receives VA claim determination results from either WDVA or PARIS

  • HCS financial worker will, in cases of non-cooperation, advise clients of the requirements to do everything necessary to obtain income to which they are entitled. 

  • Financial worker will notify HCA VA Project team if client is unable to pursue benefits and has no one to assist them

  • Veterans Affairs (VA) will adjudicate claims submitted in a customary timeframe

  • Follow instructions for those needing Necessary Supplemental Accommodation  (NSA) and chapter 3 of the long-term care manual detailing NSA procedures for those receiving HCS services. 

HCA VA Benefit Enhancement Project Contacts:

Bill Allman  AllmaWA@HCA.wa.gov

Tim Dahlin dahlita@HCA.wa.gov

 


Department of VA Affairs tables

Special Monthly Compensation

 


Modification Date: February 10, 2014