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2013 VA National and Priority Group 8 Relaxation Income Thresholds

Income Thresholds for Cost-Free Health Care, Medications and/or Beneficiary Travel Eligibility

Based on Income Year 2012

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Veteran with: VA National Income Threshold VA Priority Group 8
Relaxation Threshold
VA Housebound Threshold VA Pension with Aid and Attendance Threshold VA Pension Threshold Medical Expense Deductible
0 dependents $30,978 or less $34,076 or less $15,233 or less $20,795 or less $12,465 or less $613
1 dependent $37,175 or less 40,893 or less $19,093 or less $24,652 or less $16,324 or less $803
2 dependents $39,304 or less 43,235 or less $21,222 or less $26,781 or less $18,453 or less $907
3 dependents $41,433 or less 45,577 or less $23,351 or less $28,910 or less $20,582 or less $1,012
4 dependents $43,562 or less 47,919 or less $25,480 or less $31,039 or less $22,711 or less $1,117
For each additional dependent add: $2,129 2,129 $2,129 $2,129 $2,129
Child Earned Income Exclusion: $10,000 Income & Asset Net Worth Threshold: $80,000


For certain Veterans the VA National Income Threshold (based on previous year’s gross household income) and/or net worth, is used to determine eligibility for Priority Group 5 assignment and cost-free VA health care. Applicable VA pension income thresholds are used to determine eligibility for cost-free medications and/or beneficiary travel benefits.

For Geographic-Based financial assessment (means test) information refer to

Note: Unreimbursed Medical expenses (what you paid out of pocket after medical insurance pays) may be deducted from your total gross household income. Unreimbursed medical expenses include: travel expenses, cost of a long term care institution or assisted living, health related insurance premiums (including Medicare premiums), diabetic supplies, private caregivers, incontinence supplies, prescriptions and dialysis not covered by any other health plan. Only the portion of the unreimbursed medical expenses that exceed 5% of the basic pension may be deducted (see Medical Expense Deductible).

Additional information is available at