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Confusion and Complexity Coming to Retirement Investing
May 6, 2015
2015 will be the year of confusion for many when it comes to determining where they should save for their retirement.
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Signing Up Late for Medicare Part B Can Trigger a Lifelong Penalty
May 5, 2015
Every day, 10,000 baby boomers — people age 51 to 69 — turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare. According to a recent survey by the Medicare Rights Center in New York, many are unclear about whether and when to sign up for Part B, which covers outpatient medical care, including most doctor visits.
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Social Security Shift to Online Services Prompts Concern
May 4, 2015
A push to expand online services at the Social Security Administration is meeting resistance from a federal union that represents thousands of agency employees and groups that fear the effort will minimize face-to-face help for seniors and people with disabilities.
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Feds Put Brakes on Special Education Cutbacks
May 1, 2015
With a new rule, federal education officials are telling schools not to skimp on funding for special education.
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New Rules Expected For Medicaid Managed Care
April 30, 2015
State Medicaid programs across the country, which operate with large federal contributions, have outsourced most of their care management in recent years to insurance companies like the ones in Tennessee. The companies cover Medicaid members who are poor and those with disabilities in return for a fixed payment from taxpayers.
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Medicare Considers Changing Hospice Care Policy
April 29, 2015
Medicare officials are considering changes in the hospice benefit to stop the federal government from paying twice for care given to dying patients. But patient advocates and hospice providers fear a new policy could make the often difficult decision to move into hospice care even tougher.
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House Panel Backs Military Retirement Overhaul
April 28, 2015
House lawmakers will back a dramatic overhaul to the military retirement system as part of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, including a 401k-style investment plan and an end to the 20-year, all-or-nothing retirement model.
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New Cards for Medicare Recipients Will Omit Social Security Numbers
April 27, 2015
Concerned about the rising prevalence and sophistication of identity theft, most private health insurance companies have abandoned the use of Social Security numbers to identify individuals.
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Dozens of Self-Advocates Arrested at White House
April 24, 2015
More than 50 disability rights activists were arrested Monday while protesting outside the White House.
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Schools Warned On Pushing Families Into Due Process
April 23, 2015
Federal education officials are warning school districts to think twice before forcing parents into potentially long and costly due process proceedings.
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Updates



NAELA to Host Elder and Special Needs Law Conference
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a professional association for Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys, will host the NAELA Annual Conference from May 14-16 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes. See press release. (May 6, 2015)

Latest NAELA Advocacy Update

Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the April/May newsletter. (May 5, 2015)

NAELA Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), an association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to older Americans and individuals with special needs, proudly announces its Board of Directors for 2015-2016. See press release. (May 5, 2015)

NAELA Celebrates National Elder Law Month in May
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) established May as National Elder Law Month as a way to educate older Americans and their families on living trusts, powers of attorney, physical and financial elder abuse, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, and other important issues. See press release. (April 30, 2015)

National Guardianship Network Names State Courts for Guardianship Improvement WINGS Awards
The National Guardianship Network (NGN) is pleased to announce five new awards of seed monies and technical assistance to states to create innovative, consensus-driven Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS). See press release. (March 18, 2015)

NAELA Advocacy Alert
Read NAELA’s comments on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed rule that imposes many new detrimental restrictions on wartime Veterans and their families. Learn more. (March 17, 2015)

Update on Draper v. Colvin
NAELA joined the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) in filing an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in support of appellant Stephany Draper. The amicus brief, written by Ron Landsman, CAP, focused on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) misinterpretation of South Dakota law as it relates to power of attorney and trusts; it also made a brief additional argument that funding and creation are not the same. Read more on the NAELA Foundation Litigation page. (March 10, 2015)

NAELA Eye on Elder and Special Needs Issues
Read the latest issue by Victoria Collier, CELA, "Veterans Face Losing Long-Term Care Lifeline Because of VA Proposed Rule." More information is available on the new NAELA Advocacy website. (March 5, 2015)

NAELA Advocacy Alert
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) proposed a rule that imposes many new detrimental restrictions on wartime Veterans and their families. Learn more. (March 3, 2015)

NAELA Members to Participate in First White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum
Regional forums will allow input from general public on issues such as ensuring retirement security, promoting healthy aging, providing long-term services and support, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect. See press release. (February 18, 2015)

NAELA Bestows Sen. Gillibrand with Advocate of the Year Award
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) bestowed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with its “Advocate of the Year Award” due to her championing of provisions that protect children with disabilities of members of the military by allowing their parents’ survivor benefits to go into a special needs trust. See press release. (February 9, 2015)

Marketing Inappropriately to NAELA Members

NAELA has a strict policy of NOT selling our member contact email information. To read more about a marketing email some members may have received see here.