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Americans with Disabilities Act Suit Against Disney May Expand
September 2, 2014
The number of families looking to sue Disney over changes to its theme park access policy for people with disabilities is growing substantially.
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Seniors Can Get Car Insurance Discount for Classes
August 29, 2014
In 34 states and the District of Columbia getting older can be the ticket to cheaper car insurance. All you have to do is pass an approved driving class that aims to keep your driving skills sharp. If you do, you can lower your insurance by as much as 10 percent.
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Doctors Get New Recommendations for Diagnosing Disabilities
August 28, 2014
A major pediatricians’ group is issuing new guidelines for physicians diagnosing intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
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Report Finds Fewer Federal Workers With Disabilities
August 27, 2014
Despite a push to increase hiring of people with what are known as “targeted disabilities,” the participation of such individuals in the federal workforce has actually declined.
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Outrage After Special Education Students Forced to Sort Trash
August 26, 2014
As television cameras rolled, Jurupa Valley, Calif. school officials publicly apologized earlier this week to parents of special education students and promised a thorough review of the functional skills program that had them dig through trash for recyclables to earn money.
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Parent-Reported Cases of Disability in Children Rise
August 22, 2014
More parents — especially upper-income ones — are reporting that their children have a physical, developmental or mental health disability, a study finds.
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New Medicaid Enrollments Top 7 Million Under Obamacare
August 21, 2014
More than seven million Americans have gained health coverage through government programs including Medicaid since enrollment in Obamacare health insurance was launched October 1, the U.S. administration said.
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Down Syndrome Laws Stir Debate
August 20, 2014
Pennsylvania has joined a small but growing number of states requiring that a Down syndrome diagnosis be accompanied by useful, accurate information about the genetic disorder.
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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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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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