Long Term Care Benefits: MVH vs. VA

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: August 23, 2017
Category: Eligibility and Benefits

As a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you and family members may be eligible for additional benefits for nursing home care and assistance through Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH) and the Veterans Affairs (VA).

Know the difference between the VA and Maine Veterans’ Homes to ensure you get the long term care benefits you deserve. Maine Veterans' Homes is an independent, nonprofit organization that's separate from the VA. Eligible residents can use their VA benefits to help pay for care here, but we aren't the same as the VA.

What are the Differences in Benefits through the VA and Maine Veterans’ Homes?

Through Maine Veterans’ Homes:

  • There is a daily VA stipend available to qualifying residents for our nursing home services, which include rehabilitation and therapy, skilled nursing care, long term care, and dementia care. We can also bill through Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.
  • We operate as a nonprofit and independent from the VA. 
  • To gain the VA stipend for our services, you need to be eligible for Maine Veterans’ Homes.

Through the VA:

  • Benefit programs exist for long term care, extended care, short-term stays and rehabilitation care for eligible Veterans.
  • VA benefits are determined through the Department of Veterans Affairs, not Maine Veterans’ Homes. Eligibility is unique to each person based on criteria that include service, level of care or assistance needed, income, insurance, and other factors.
  • VA benefits can be used at designated care facilities, which include our six Maine Veterans’ Home locations. Maine Veterans’ Homes are the only care facilities in Maine where 75 percent of residents are Veterans.
  • For some Veterans, VA benefits may supplement the MVH stipend if you meet specific VA eligibility requirements.

Learn more about requesting your military discharge papers (DD Form 214) >>

Who Is Eligible for Maine Veterans’ Homes?

  1. Veterans who were residents of Maine at the time of their entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or who are residents of Maine at the time of application to Maine Veterans’ Home.
  2. Veterans who served one or more days on federal active duty other than for training purposes in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Reserve and National Guard.
  3. Spouses, widows or widowers, and Gold Star parents, of eligible Veterans.

Get your questions about MVH eligibility requirements answered here >>

Why Maine Veterans’ Homes?

Maine Veterans’ Homes is different from other long-term care providers that may have Veterans in residence. It was created to care exclusively for Veterans and eligible family members.

This means our staff members are trained specifically to care for Veterans and their unique needs. Our activities are geared toward specific interests. And most importantly, residents gain the companionship of fellow comrades.

We are proud that many of our staff members have also served and share the same values as our residents. They understand the stories and memories they have. Many of us have “been there.”

Simply put, we are Veterans, and we get it. Our specialized training goes a long way. We’re trained to not only look after the health and physical well-being of our residents, but to provide for their emotional needs, too.

Services at Maine Veterans’ Homes

At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we provide outpatient and inpatient rehabilitative care and therapy services, skilled nursing and long term care, dementia and Alzheimer’s care, and more.

To learn more about what we offer and see if you're eligible for care, download our free eligibility and benefits guide. You'll get everything you need to make an informed decision about Maine Veterans' Homes as well as start on your application.

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This blog was originally published August 23, 2017. It has been updated November 19, 2019.