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PBO Report - Veterans Pensions Comparison

Rifleman62

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One point off the hop, the PBO used data from VAC. All the recent reports of financial screw ups at VAC puts the data acquisition at risk.

https://pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/blog/news/veterans_benefits

The cost differential between three regimes of Veterans Benefits - 21 Feb 19


Summary


Several parliamentarians requested that the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) prepare an estimate of the fiscal cost of each of these regimes over the medium term. 

Using data from Veterans Affairs Canada, PBO estimated the overall fiscal costs to the government on a net present value (NPV) basis for the existing cohort of beneficiaries and for projected new beneficiaries during the period 2019-2023.

PBO found that the Pension Act regime is the most generous for the veterans and the most expensive for the federal government. The Pension for Life regime is slightly more generous than the Veterans Well-being Act regime.

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Most, but not all, veterans will be financially better off under the new Pension for Life regime compared to the existing Veterans Well-being Act.

While all current recipients of disability benefits will receive an equal or greater amount with the new regime, PBO estimates that about 5 per cent of future recipients would have been better off under the Veterans Well-being Act. Moreover, 3 per cent of new entrants would be greatly disadvantaged under Pension for Life as they would, on average, have received around $300 thousand more in financial support from the existing regime.

This is in part related to the elimination of the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS), which is offered to veterans with severe and permanent impairment and diminished earning capacities.
 

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TCM621

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Rifleman62 said:
Report at link, and att.

One point off the hop, the PBO used data from VAC. All the recent reports of financial screw ups at VAC puts the data acquisition at risk.

https://pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/blog/news/veterans_benefits

The cost differential between three regimes of Veterans Benefits - 21 Feb 19


Summary


Several parliamentarians requested that the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) prepare an estimate of the fiscal cost of each of these regimes over the medium term. 

Using data from Veterans Affairs Canada, PBO estimated the overall fiscal costs to the government on a net present value (NPV) basis for the existing cohort of beneficiaries and for projected new beneficiaries during the period 2019-2023.

PBO found that the Pension Act regime is the most generous for the veterans and the most expensive for the federal government. The Pension for Life regime is slightly more generous than the Veterans Well-being Act regime.

(See Graphic)


Most, but not all, veterans will be financially better off under the new Pension for Life regime compared to the existing Veterans Well-being Act.

While all current recipients of disability benefits will receive an equal or greater amount with the new regime, PBO estimates that about 5 per cent of future recipients would have been better off under the Veterans Well-being Act. Moreover, 3 per cent of new entrants would be greatly disadvantaged under Pension for Life as they would, on average, have received around $300 thousand more in financial support from the existing regime.

This is in part related to the elimination of the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS), which is offered to veterans with severe and permanent impairment and diminished earning capacities.

It is important to note that average new entrants to the PFL will be slightly better off than under the NVC. So while it is an improvement, it isn't much of one. Also in an Apples to Apples comparison the Pension Act benefits were much more generous. So now the old retort that when you add in all the benefits the PFL (or NVC) are better than the Pension act is done. Also, the government has made a big deal over that maximum a person can get under the PFL, only 11 percentage of vets will be eligible (assuming eligibility is determined similar to The CIA). 89% of Veterans will get significantly less than 1150 per month.
 

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This seems reasonable to me:

PBO estimates that clients in receipt of VAC benefits prior to April 1, 2019
(that is, prior to the effective date of Pension for Life), will receive lifetime
payments that are 24 per cent higher under the new Pension for Life regime
compared to what they would have received under the Veterans Well-being
Act regime. The biggest gains are received by younger veterans and veterans
with higher disability assessments.
 
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