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Due Process Hearings on Decline
October 1, 2014
Fewer special education disputes between parents and school districts are escalating to due process hearings, a new government report finds.
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New Details Emerge on Autism Treatment Mandate
September 30, 2014
Federal officials are taking steps to clarify new requirements surrounding Medicaid coverage of autism treatments.
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U.S. Says Medicare Advantage Enrollment at All-Time High
September 29, 2014
Elderly Americans have enrolled in privately managed Medicare health plans in record numbers even as average premiums continue to rise, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said.
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Retirement Savings Gap Widens Between Rich and Poor
September 26, 2014
When it comes to retirement savings, the gap between the rich and poor is growing dramatically.
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Feds Look to Boost Disability Employment
September 25, 2014
A new advisory committee is in the works that will be tasked with helping government officials improve job prospects for people with developmental disabilities across the country.
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Lawsuits Often Fail to Satisfy Either Side of ADA Coin
September 24, 2014
No matter which side they’re on, the people involved in disability access lawsuits seem to have one thing in common: supreme frustration.
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Report: Nearly 1 in 3 With Disabilities in Poverty
September 23, 2014
A confluence of factors ranging from prejudice to the complexity of support systems are leaving people with disabilities disproportionately impoverished, a congressional report finds.
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Deal Reached on Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts
September 22, 2014
Federal lawmakers say they’ve reached a deal to move forward on legislation that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits.
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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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Updates



NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October
NAELA members will be celebrating with public seminars, special living will days, Special Needs Law clinics, and other activities designed to educate the public. See press release. (September 30, 2014)

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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