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2010 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 2009

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Veteran with:VA National Income ThresholdVA Priority Group 8
Relaxation Threshold
VA Housebound ThresholdVA Pension with Aid and Attendance ThresholdVA Pension ThresholdMedical Expense Deductible
0 dependents $29,402 or less $29,403 - $32,342 $14,457 or less $19,736 or less $11,830 or less $592
1 dependent $35,284 or less $35,285 - $38,812 $18,120 or less $23,396 or less $15,493 or less $775
2 dependents $37,304 or less $37,305 - $41,034 $20,140 or less $25,416 or less $17,513 or less $876
3 dependents $39,324 or less $39,325 - $43,256 $22,160 or less $27,436 or less $19,533 or less $977
4 dependents $41,344 or less $41,345 - $45,478 $24,180 or less $29,456 or less $21,533 or less $1,078
For each additional dependent add: $2,020 $2,020 $2,020 $2,020 $2,020 5% of maximum allowable pension rate from previous year
Child Earned Income Exclusion: $9,350 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