2015 Survivors’ Pension rate tables are paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) including Housebound and Aid and Attendance supplements.
2015 Survivors’ Pension rate are 1.7% higher than the previous year. Survivors’ Pension rate increases are determined by Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (Cola).
The 2016 Survivors’ Pension Rate will be known by the middle to end of October, 2015 right after the September Consumer Price Index is released. However, it is appearing unlikely that there will be an increase in 2016. This is because the July & August CPI-W, two of three months used to determine rates, decreased .28 percent (July CPI-W – .3%; August CPI-W – .19). The September CPI-W would need to be very high for there to be any increase which appears unlikely.
Effective Date: 12/01/2015
First Paycheck: 12/31/2015
2015 Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) Increase: 1.7%
2015 Standard Medicare Deduction: $104.90
Improved Death Pension Rate Table – Surviving Spouse/Child(ren) – Alone or With the Other
|MAXIMUM ANNUAL PENSION RATE (MAPR) CATEGORY||AMOUNT|
|MAPR Without Dependent Child||$8,630|
|To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or||$431|
|MAPR With One Dependent Child||$11,296|
|To be deducted, medical expenses must exceed 5% of MAPR or||$564|
|Housebound Without Dependents||$10,548|
|Housebound With One Dependent||$13,209|
|A&A Without Dependents||$13,794|
|A&A Without Dependents (SAW Veteran’s Surviving Spouse)||$14,353|
|A&A With One Dependent||$16,456|
|A&A With One Dependent (SAW Veteran’s Surviving Spouse)||$16,955|
|SBP/MIW Annuity Limitation||$8,630|
|Add for Each Additional Child||$2,198|
|MAPR FOR CHILD ALONE||$2,198|
|Child Earned Income Exclusion||effective 1/1/2000||$7,200|
|(38 CFR §3.272(j)(1))||effective 1/1/2001||$7,450|
Glossary of Terms
- A & A – Aid & Attendance – Require the aid of another person to perform activities of daily living OR be blind or meet other specific visual acuity requirements OR be a patient in a nursing home because of physical and/or mental incapacity.
- Death Pension – Intended to supplement the income of a surviving spouse or child who is in need of financial assistance and provide a minimum level of financial security.
- Housebound – Qualifications: Single disability rated 100% and separate disabilities rated 60% or more (Veterans only) OR Permanently housebound due to disabilities per 38 CFR 3.351(d) OR Hartness v Nicholson (2006) when pension has been granted based on the veteran being age 65 or older.
- IVAP – Income for VA purposes
- MAPR – Maximum Annual Pension Rate – The MAPR is the maximum amount of pension payable to a veteran, surviving spouse or child. MAPR fluctuates based on individual circumstances related to number of dependents and if Housebound or Aid & Attendance qualifications. The MAPR is reduced for each dollar of income that the veteran, surviving spouse, child, or their families have.
- MBW – Mexican Border War
- MIW – Minimum Income Annuity
- SAW – Spanish-American War
- SBP – Survivor Benefit Plan
- SS – Veterans Surviving Spouse
- Survivors’ Pension – Tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.
|2015 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA)||2014 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA)|
|2014 Military Retiree & Annuitant Pay Schedule||2015 Survivors’ Pension Rate Tables|
|2014 VA Disability Rates||2015 Veterans Pension Rate Table|