Medicaid, Social Security and Veteran's Information
Many people pre-pay their funeral when they are going on Medicaid assistance. If a person enters a nursing home, their assets may be drained by nursing care. Medicaid will pay for care if this happens and they will allow a person to place money for funeral expenses in a trust or funeral insurance just prior to their assets being depleted (or earlier if you wish). Medicaid will allow the trust or funeral insurance policy to remain intact even after a person goes on assistance. The money will be there to pay for final expenses.
If a veteran was receiving a monthly pension from the V. A., a death benefit of up to $600.00 may be paid to the family. If a veteran dies in a V.A. Hospital or V.A. affiliated nursing home, transportation costs will be paid to the place of burial. If a person dies while on active military duty, most, or all of the funeral costs will be paid.
Locally, each county in Michigan will pay $300.00 toward funeral expenses if the veteran or the veteran's spouse or widow/widower dies and is under certain asset limits. As there are several variables, call us anytime for a detailed explanation.