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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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U.S. Labor Department Unveils Retirement Brokers Rule
April 22, 2015
The U.S. Labor Department proposed sweeping changes that would require brokers who offer retirement advice to enter into "best interest" contracts with investors, in an effort to ensure customers are not steered into high-fee products.
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Fact Check: Despite Rhetoric, Fewer Than 1 Percent of Estates Pay Federal Estate Tax
April 21, 2015
The federal estate tax inspires a lot of heated political rhetoric for a tax that very few people actually pay.
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Some States Pay Doctors More to Treat Medicaid Patients
April 20, 2015
Fifteen states are betting they can convince more doctors to accept the growing number of patients covered by Medicaid with a simple incentive: more money.
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Unfit for Trial, Many With Special Needs Stuck Behind Bars
April 14, 2015
A backlog of defendants with mental illness or developmental disabilities who have been ruled incompetent to stand trial has become a persistent problem that judges, lawyers, doctors and jailers are scrambling to resolve.
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4 Retirement Mistakes That Can Cost You $250,000 or More
April 13, 2015
Sometimes the costliest errors are ones we make ourselves, often without realizing how much damage we're doing.
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The Medicare 'Doc Fix' Bill: How Do We Pay For Value-Based Care?
April 10, 2015
Believe it or not, Congress finally agreed on something. On March 26th, the House passed legislation to repeal Medicare’s physician payment formula known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR), which compensates Medicare providers based on “activities and treatments,” and replace it with a payment system based on value (or outcomes relative to associated costs) instead of volume of care.
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Senate Plan Retains Testing Cap for Students With Disabilities
April 9, 2015
A bipartisan plan to reshape the nation’s primary education law would maintain strict limits on the number of students with disabilities taking less rigorous tests.
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Updates



Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the March newsletter. (April 1, 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)

Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the February newsletter. (February 26, 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)

Reps. Thompson, Pallone, and Sens. Grassley, Nelson Seek to Correct Error That Presumes Persons with Disabilities Cannot Handle Their Own Affairs
The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act corrects an error in the law by allowing individuals with disabilities, who have the mental capacity, to create their own special needs trusts. See press release. (February 4, 2015)

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