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Veteran's May Be Missing Out On Federal Benefits

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Veteran's day is tommorrow and it's also a good time to remind veterans of the benefits they qualify for. If you are a veteran and served during a time of conflict you may be missing out on federal benefits.

Many veterans who are on Medicaid could be getting better benefits. One Washington State Vietnam Veteran came up with a program that helps connect veteran's with federal benefits.
    
This program headed by the Department of Social and Health Services. For veterans struggling with the cost of long-term care this could be a life saver. 

Federal benefits not only save the veteran money but also the state because they don't have to pay for the Medicaid.

"It's given veterans millions of dollars over the course of 5 years and it's saved the state money as well because it's money the state didn't have to put out in state Medicaid dollars when the federal government was really obligated to shoulder the bill," said Jim Stephenson, Medicaid Spokesman.

The program can also help a family of a veteran who has passed away. Under Medicaid the law says they must try to recover costs, which could mean selling the families home.
    
The federal benefits do not do this because they are benefits earned during military service.

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