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2012 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 2011

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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 $30,460 or less $30,461 - $33,507 $14,978 or less $20,447 or less $12,256 or less $592
1 dependent $36,554 or less $36,555 - $40,210 $18,773 or less $24,239 or less $16,051 or less $775
2 dependents $38,647 or less $38,648 - $42,512 $20,866 or less $26,332 or less $18,144 or less $876
3 dependents $40,740 or less $40,741 - $44,814 $22,959 or less $28,425 or less $20,237 or less $977
4 dependents $42,883 or less $42,884 - $47,117 $25,052 or less $30,518 or less $22,330 or less $1,078
For each additional dependent add: $2,093 $2,093 $2,093 $2,093 $2,093 5% of maximum allowable pension rate from previous year
Child Earned Income Exclusion: $9,750 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.

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).

For more information see VHA Directives 2011-042 and 2011-043 ( )