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Report: VA Misled Congress and Media
December 19, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs misled Congress and members of the media about how many veterans died or suffered serious harm as a result of extreme treatment delays, according to a new report by the department's top watchdog.
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This Is the Toughest Threat to Boomers’ Retirement Plans
December 18, 2014
Most employers say they support older workers. But boomers don't see it, and age discrimination cases are on the rise.
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Disability Champion Leaving Congress
December 17, 2014
After 40 years on Capitol Hill, a U.S. senator who shaped the Americans with Disabilities Act is leaving his post.
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Choir of Alzheimer's Patients Sings Tunes From Memory
December 16, 2014
For one generation it's The Lion Sleeps Tonight, for another Call Me Maybe. They're the songs that get stuck in our heads – and not nearly so annoying when placed in the context of a choir made up of Alzheimer's patients.
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How Retiring Abroad Could Affect Your Long-Term-Care Insurance
December 15, 2014
As more Americans think about retiring overseas for a change of pace or a lower cost of living, one consideration is whether their long-term care insurance policies provide the same level of benefits abroad as they do at home.
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Disability-Related Hate Crimes Down
December 12, 2014
The number of reported hate crimes targeting people with disabilities fell last year, the FBI says.
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Half of Medicaid Providers Unavailable, Report Finds
December 11, 2014
A significant number of doctors purportedly accepting Medicaid are not actually offering treatment to the program’s beneficiaries, a new investigation finds.
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Feds: IDEA Still Applies When Students Incarcerated
December 10, 2014
Kids with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education complete with academics, therapies and other supports even if they’re locked up, federal officials say.
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Depression Is Often Undertreated in Seniors
December 9, 2014
Many such baby boomers will cope with depression later in life, when the illness can present symptoms and challenges specific to that age group.
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Social Security Q&A: If I Continue Working Past 66, Will My Benefits Be Recalculated?
December 8, 2014
Social Security may be your largest or one of your largest assets. How you manage it, by deciding which benefits to collect and when, can make an absolutely huge difference to your lifetime benefits. And those with the highest past covered earnings have the most to gain from maximizing their Social Security.
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Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the End of 2014 newsletter. (December 16, 2014)

NAELA Empowers Consumers Against Scams
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is promoting a new education campaign designed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enlist people over 65 in the effort to recognize and report frauds and scams. See press release. (December 15, 2014)

NAELA Celebrates Passage of Legislation to Aid Children with Disabilities of Military Families
Congress passed today provisions that protect children with disabilities of members of the military by allowing their parents’ survivor benefits to go into a special needs trust. The provisions were passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015. See press release. (December 12, 2014)

NAELA Advocacy Alert: House Vote on Tax-Favored Accounts
Read more about the bill that would create tax-favored accounts for children and adults whose disability occurred before age 26. (December 5, 2014)

Latest NAELA: Eye on Elder and Special Needs Issues
Read "Who Has Access to Your Digital Assets When You Die?" by Catherine Seal, CELA. (December 4, 2014)

Disabled Military Child Protection Act Provisions Included in Defense Authorization Deal
Provisions to designate a special needs trust as the beneficiary for a military survivor benefit plan annuity was included in the congressional Armed Services Committees' compromised defense authorization bill for 2015. The provisions are substantively equivalent to the Disabled Military Child Protection Act, a top priority for NAELA. The defense authorization bill is expected to pass both chambers of Congress by the end of the lame-duck session next week. (December 3, 2014)

NAELA Supports National Memory Screening Day (NMSD)
November 18 is National Memory Screening Day. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) carries out this annual event by collaborating with organizations and health care professionals across the U.S. to provide free, confidential memory screenings and follow-up resources and educational materials to those concerned about memory loss. See press release. (November 17, 2014)

NAELA Calls for Paying Doctors to Discuss Advanced Care Planning
NAELA called for Medicare to pay doctors for the time they spend with their patients discussing advanced care planning in a letter sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). See press release.

NAELA Aids Win for Children With Disabilities of Retired New Jersey Police and Firefighters
The New Jersey supreme court’s decision to allow children with disabilities of retired police and firefighters to receive their parent’s survivor benefits without the risk of losing public assistance was in part due to the assistance of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and NAELA members. See press release. (October 16, 2014)

NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October
NAELA members will be celebrating with public seminars, special living will days, Special Needs Law clinics, and other activities designed to educate the public. See press release. (September 30, 2014)

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.