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Advocates Cracking Down on Sheltered Workshops
August 19, 2014
A nationwide effort is underway to lodge federal complaints against sheltered workshops that are not fully complying with the law.
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How Today’s Workers Can Dodge the Retirement Crisis
August 18, 2014
For Millennials and Gen X-ers, it all depends on whether we can rein in spending after we stop working.
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Malnutrition Threatens Many U.S. Seniors Seen at ERs
August 15, 2014
More than half of American seniors seen at emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, a new study reveals.
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Report: Medicare Agency Not Doing Enough to Stop Duplicate Audits
August 14, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must do a better job of ensuring its auditors aren’t conducting duplicate reviews of payments to health care providers, according to the Government Accountability Office.
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Nation’s 911 System Inching Towards Greater Accessibility
August 13, 2014
A new federal rule is paving the way for 911 services to become more accessible for people with disabilities.
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'Elder Abuse' Often Involves Finances, Study Finds
August 12, 2014
As many as one in 20 older adults in the United States may be financially exploited, a new study suggests.
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Obama Signs Autism Act Renewal
August 11, 2014
With little fanfare, President Barack Obama signed a reauthorization of the nation’s primary autism legislation that includes more than a billion dollars in federal funding for the developmental disorder.
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Medicare Reduces Payments for 2015 Hospital Admissions
August 8, 2014
Medicare, the U.S. program for the elderly and disabled, said payments for hospital admissions would fall $756 million next year as penalties stiffen for patients who return too early.
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Retirement Saving Makes One Wealthy, Healthy
August 7, 2014
Saving for retirement makes a man — and no doubt a woman — not only wealthy, but healthy.
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Nursing Home Cannot Use Medicaid Payment Structure to Evade 'Worthless Services' Charges, Federal Court Rules
August 6, 2014
A nursing home cannot cite Medicare and Medicaid payment methods to escape charges that it provided “worthless services,” a federal judge recently ruled in a False Claims Act case.
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Updates



Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the August newsletter. (August 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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