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What Cancer Patients Want and What Medicare Covers May Differ
September 19, 2014
When asked what Medicare should cover for cancer patients in their last months of life, many patients and their caregivers choose benefits the federal insurance does not offer, like home-based long term care and concurrent palliative care, according to a new study based on interviews.
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Vote on UN Disability Treaty Blocked
September 18, 2014
An effort in the U.S. Senate to bring a vote on an international disability rights treaty has been squashed.
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Autism Services Focus of New Push
September 17, 2014
Federal officials say they’re embarking on a new effort to identify best practices to meet the needs of individuals with autism from childhood to adulthood.
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Senator Looks to Ease Burden For Parents in IDEA Disputes
September 16, 2014
A federal lawmaker says he wants to level the playing field for parents involved in special education disputes with their child’s school district.
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Retirement: When to Start Social Security
September 15, 2014
Your Social Security can be worth more in golden years' income than your 401(k) or individual retirement account. The trick: Know at what age to best file for benefits.
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Study: Rise in ER Visits After Medicaid Expansion
September 12, 2014
Many people newly insured by Medicaid under the federal health care law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms, one of the most expensive medical settings, a study concludes.
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Student Debt Collections Are Leaving the Elderly in Poverty
September 11, 2014
Elderly Americans have more student loan debt than ever and are more likely to become chronically unable to make payments than younger borrowers. Those findings from a new report by the Government Accountability Office took center stage at a recent Senate hearing on how seniors deal with unprecedented education debt.
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Influx of Residents With Disabilities Leads to Clashes
September 10, 2014
Heights Manor, much like subsidized senior housing across Minnesota, is being pulled apart by a recent influx of younger people with disabilities, who are being forced by a tight rental market and a shortage of affordable apartments to live with the elderly.
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Inclusion Rates for Special Education Students Vary By State
September 9, 2014
Where a child lives may significantly impact whether they are placed in an inclusive or segregated classroom, a new national analysis suggests.
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Unemployment Ticks Up Among Those With Disabilities
September 8, 2014
The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities climbed last month, the U.S. Department of Labor said.
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NAELA Member Featured in USA Today
Jean Galloway Ball, CELA, CAP,
was featured in the USA Today story, "Nonagenarian newlyweds spark legal controversy." (September 18, 2014)

Senate Hearing Sheds Light on Economic Challenges of Persons with Special Needs
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) commends the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee for holding a hearing and issuing a report today on an important, often overlooked story: the economic plight of people with disabilities. See press release. (September 18, 2014)

Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the September newsletter. (September 16, 2014)

NAELA Aids Win Allowing Survivor Benefit Plans to Pay Into Special Needs Trusts
The Supreme Court of New Jersey held that a Police and Firemen’s Retirement System survivor benefits can get assigned to a first-party special needs trust. The New Jersey Chapter of NAELA, along with the Special Needs Alliance and the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, submitted amicus certiorari to support this contention. The New Jersey Supreme Court holding will give ammunition in NAELA’s fight to allow military personnel the right to assign a survivor benefit plan to a special needs trust. (September 12, 2014)

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)

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)

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