Because the VA non-service connected with aid and attendance benefit is basically a reimbursement program for medical expenses paid out of pocket for assisted living or caregiver costs, you must be paying for medical assistance upfront, before you apply in order to be considered eligible by the VA.
There is some good news though. The VA will reimburse the claimant for benefits due from the first of the month following the date the VA receives your application. The retroactive benefit includes the length of time it takes to process your claim until it is approved. The monthly benefit and retroactive benefit will be paid within 15-30 days from date of the VA approval notification letter.
There is one exception retroactive benefits are withheld for claims in the fiduciary process. In cases whereby based upon medical evidence, the claimant is unable to handle his or her own financial affairs, the VA will appoint a family member as a fiduciary to act on their behalf. The fiduciary process consists of a meeting with a VA Field Examiner, the appointed fiduciary and claimant. After the appointment has taken place, the VA will release the retroactive benefit. Monthly benefits will continue to be paid throughout the fiduciary process. Note the VA pays one month behind (payment for the month of May would be paid on or around June 1st).
Applications submitted by accredited staff at Veteran Support Center are designated Ready-to-Rate. This means that all of the necessary supporting documentation required by the VA has been submitted with your application. By filing your claim correctly and efficiently, the time it takes to be processed by the VA may be greatly reduced. If you know a veteran or widow of a veteran, who could benefit from our service, please call us today to get started. The time to start the process is now.
We have accredited claims agents on staff who process your claim right here in Michigan in our Sterling Heights office.