Annual Income Limits - Health Benefits

2018 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 2017

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 $32,715 or less $35,987 or less $16,089 $21,962 $13,166 or less $645
1 dependents $39,259 or less $43,185 or less $20,166 $26,036 $17,241 or less $845
2 dependents $41,508 or less $45,659 or less $22,416 $28,286 $19,491 or less $955
3 dependents $43,758 or less $48,134 or less $24,666 $30,536 $21,741 or less $1,066
4 dependents $46,008 or less $50,609 or less $26,916 $32,786 $23,991 or less $1,176
For each additional dependent add: $2,250 $2,250 $2,250 $2,250 $2,250 5% of the maximum allowable pension rate from the previous year
Child Earned Income Exclusion: $10,650

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).

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