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2014 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 2013

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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 $31,443 or less $34,587 or less $15,462 $21,107 $12,652 or less $623
1 dependent $37,733or less $41,506 or less $19,380 $25,022 $16,569 or less $816
2 dependents $39,894 or less $43,883 or less $21,541 $27,183 $18,730 or less $923
3 dependents $42,055 or less $46,260 or less $23.702 $29,344 $20,891 or less $1,029
4 dependents $44,216 or less $48,637 or less $25,863 $31,505 $23,052 or less $1,136
For each additional dependent add: $2,161 $2,161 $2,161 $2,161 $2,161 5% of the maximum allowable pension rate from the previous year
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