Do VA benefits cover nursing home care?
VA benefits provide for a range of long-term services which include, Nursing Home Care, Domiciliary Care, Adult Day Health Care, Geriatric Evaluation and Respite Care. Nursing home benefits may be provided if specific qualifications are met; those are: a veteran must be in need of such care and seeking nursing home care for a service-connected (SC) disability, OR is rated 60% SC and unemployable, OR is rated 60% SC and permanently and totally disabled (P&T) OR for any condition if the veteran has a combined SC disability rating of 70% or more. The care will be provided in a VA nursing home or contract nursing home. NSC and non-compensable zero percent SC veterans can apply for long term care in the VA but could be subject to long term care co-payments. Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability are exempt from long term care co-payments. NSC veterans applying for Extended Care or the Nursing Home Care Unit may be required to complete VA Form 10-10EC to determine the family's current income and assets. Veterans may be discharged from a VA Nursing Home Care Unit (NHCU) without consent when VA nursing home care is no longer needed; for example, if the veteran's needs can be met at home or in a private nursing home close to the family.

Veterans requiring nursing home care for a service-connected condition or a veteran rated 70% or more have mandatory eligibility for admission to Extended Care Services; and, those veterans are eligible to have indefinite care provided to them in the VA or in a VA contracted nursing home.

If you believe you are eligible for these benefits and wish to apply, visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office for assistance.

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1. What is VA Disability Compensation?
2. What benefits and services are available for spouses and dependents of deceased veterans?
3. What is a Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and how do I get one?
4. Are dependents of veterans eligible to receive any benefits from VA?
5. How do I find out if I am eligible for any medical care or drug benefits?
6. Do VA benefits cover nursing home care?
7. Can I have Medicare benefits and still receive health care services at VA?
8. Can I have my claim reconsidered even though denied in the past?
9. How long will it take to receive a decision on my compensation claim?
10. What is the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on VA health benefits?