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VA Nonservice-Connected Pension Benefits: Requirements, Filing Claims, Appeals, Impact on Medicaid

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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This CLE course will provide elder law attorneys an in-depth analysis of critical rules and requirements for obtaining VA non-service connected pension benefits. The panel will guide counsel on overcoming challenges in filing claims for nonservice-connected pension benefits, navigating the appeals process, and issues that arise when obtaining VA non-service connected pension benefits in conjunction with Medicaid.


Veterans typically file for VA disability benefits for injuries or illnesses resulting from active military service. Under certain circumstances, nonservice-connected benefits are available for other disabling conditions (VA pensions). Elder law attorneys must grasp the rules for acquiring these benefits and their impact on Medicaid planning.

VA pensions assist veterans with disabling conditions not related to military service. Benefits are available under either the Basic Veterans & Survivors Pension, Aid & Attendance, or Housebound Pension. Applicants must meet strict eligibility requirements to qualify for VA pensions. Also, any denial of claims can result in a time-consuming appeals process.

For those who are eligible for Medicaid benefits, elder law attorneys must weigh a variety of factors when considering VA pensions and their impact on Medicaid eligibility.

Listen as our panel discusses challenges in filing claims for non-service connected pension benefits and practical techniques for handling appeals.



  1. VA nonservice-connected pension benefits
    1. Eligibility and requirements
    2. Filing claims
  2. Navigating the appeals process
    1. VA forms
    2. Retroactive payments
    3. Fees for attorneys
  3. Impact on Medicaid planning


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What is the difference between VA disability benefits and VA pensions?
  • What are the requirements and challenges in filing claims for VA non-service connected benefits?
  • What are the most effective tactics for mastering the appeals process?
  • How can VA non-service connected pension benefits be obtained in conjunction with Medicaid?


Arkin, Brandon
Brandon Arkin

Solkoff Legal

Mr. Arkin represents the elderly, the disabled and their caregivers in all facets of Elder Law including Estate...  |  Read More

Elrod-Hill, Patricia
Patricia Elrod-Hill, CELA

The Elrod-Hill Law Firm

Ms. Elrod-Hill works with families to help them protect what is most important to them by counseling and guiding them...  |  Read More

Markovich, Mary
Mary M. Markovich

The Law Offices of Mary Markovich

Ms. Markovich is a renowned expert on Medicaid planning and eligibility issues and guidelines for both VA Pension,...  |  Read More

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