No look back for VA but there are proposals to change that.
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You should meet with an elder law attorney prior to engaging in this type of planning on your own. As my colleagues have indicated, there is no look-back period for qualifying for the VA benefit you mentioned. However, VA planning should always be done with the Medicaid rules in mind because if the VA benefit won't get you through the Medicaid look-back period, then you may run afoul of the Medicaid rules and incur a penalty down the road. As I said, you should get with an experienced elder law attorney for assistance.
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