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Social Security Disability Taxation - Curious And Confusing According to Tax Court
July 29, 2014
The treatment of social security disability payments is probably one of the more unfair aspects of the Internal Revenue Code. Every once in a while you will see it sneak up on somebody, which highlights the unfairness. The Tax Court might express sympathy, but they can’t help much. The most recent victims were Arthur and Cheryl English.
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Tracking Device Proposal Gains Momentum
July 28, 2014
A federal effort to provide free tracking devices to children with autism and other disabilities who are at risk of wandering is getting a boost.
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U.S. Senate Panel Advances Global Disabilities Treaty
July 25, 2014
A U.S. Senate committee voted to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but the agreement faces a tough fight winning the two-thirds majority needed for ratification by the full Senate.
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Congress Weighing Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts
July 24, 2014
A long-stagnant bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits is starting to make its way through Congress.
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Obama Signs Law Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility
July 23, 2014
The transition from school to work for students with disabilities will undergo sweeping changes under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law.
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Feds Clarify Obligations to Kids With Autism
July 22, 2014
In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like applied behavior analysis for children with autism.
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Justice Department Developing Disability Training for Police
July 21, 2014
Plans are in the works at the U.S. Department of Justice to roll out law enforcement training focused on people with disabilities.
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VA Overpaid $230 Million in Disability Claims, Official Tells Congress
July 18, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs' disability system has improperly paid former service members at least $230 million over the last few years, according to the VA's inspector general's office.
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Long-Term Care Options Have Evolved
July 17, 2014
As baby boomers age, families have more options for providing and paying for their care.
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Most Seniors Can't Pony Up More for Health Care
July 16, 2014
A new Kaiser Family Foundation tool shows the harsh reality of trying to shift more Medicare costs to already-strapped seniors.
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Updates



NAELA Celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary
NAELA celebrates the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2014. See press release. (July 21, 2014)

Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the July newsletter. (July 7, 2014)

GAO Report “Starting Point” for Long-Term Care Reform
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining the ways people become financially eligible for Medicaid long-term care coverage should be a starting point for an urgent review of the long-term care crises that millions of Americans and their families are facing, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) said today. See press release. (June 25, 2014)

NAELA Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Center for Medicare Advocacy
The NAELA Foundation awarded $25,000 to the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) to support litigation to prevent erroneous denial of Medicare coverage, provide access for beneficiaries to an effective appeals system and, therefore, access to Medicare coverage and necessary health care. See press release. (June 6, 2014)

NAELA, PA, and NJ Chapters File Amicus Brief
The amicus curiae brief to the Third Circuit will help the Third Circuit Court understand the context in which Elder Law attorneys are using annuities and educate the panel about the reality facing most Americans who need to pay for long-term nursing care in the matter of Claypoole, et al. v. Mackereth. The brief was written by John Callinan, CELA, CAP; Ron Landsman, CAP; and Stanley M. Vasiliadis, CELA. (May 29, 2014)

NAELA Delegation to Iceland
NAELA is organizing a delegation to visit Iceland from October 25 - November 1, 2014 for the purpose of researching the rights, representation, and support for the aging population of Iceland. Learn more. (May 7, 2014)

Latest NAELA: Eye on Elder and Special Needs Issues
Read Judith Stein's article, "Observation Stays in the Hospital: The Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries." See previous issues. (May 5, 2014)

NAELA Names Kevin Urbatsch Editor in Chief of NAELA Journal
NAELA named Kevin Urbatsch of San Francisco, Calif., editor in chief of NAELA Journal, effective June 1, 2014. Prior to this role, Urbatsch served as executive editor and articles editor for the publication. See press release. (April 28, 2014)

NAELA to Host Elder and Special Needs Law Conference
NAELA will host the NAELA Annual Conference from May 15-17, 2014, at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. See press release. The following awards will be presented during the conference. (April 28, 2014)

Marketing Inappropriately to NAELA Members

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