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Obama Says He's Ready to Sign Fix of Medicare Doctor Payments, Without Endorsing Legislation
March 27, 2015
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare's doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation.
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For Many Parents, Paying Tuition Tops Retirement
March 26, 2015
Too many parents are sacrificing financial security in their golden years to help pay the tuition tab for their children, according to a new T. Rowe Price survey.
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Despite Setback, Feds Push Forward on Caregiver Pay Protections
March 25, 2015
The Obama administration is pressing states to be ready to provide minimum wage and overtime pay to in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities.
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Supreme Court Considers Police Obligations Under ADA
March 24, 2015
The Supreme Court confronted a situation Monday that’s all too common in law enforcement: A woman with mental illness was shot by police officers who tried to arrest her.
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ABLE Accounts Get Green Light in First State
March 23, 2015
Three months after federal law established a new way for people with disabilities to save without jeopardizing their government benefits, the legislative hurdles are over in one state.
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GOP 2016 Budget Proposal Seeks to Overhaul Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
March 20, 2015
Change is coming. The U.S. government continues to spend more money than it brings in each year in revenue. Consequently, change is essential, as the current path is not sustainable.
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SSI Flagged for Billions in Improper Spending
March 19, 2015
A federal program designed to aid people with disabilities doled out billions of dollars in improper payments last year alone, government investigators say.
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Graduation Rates Inch Up For Students With Disabilities
March 18, 2015
An increasing number of students with disabilities are graduating high school, federal officials say, though they still receive diplomas at far lower rates than other students.
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States Moving Forward on ABLE Accounts
March 17, 2015
Just months after federal lawmakers created a way for people with disabilities to save without risking their government benefits, most states are working to make the new accounts available.
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Disability Advocate Wins Acclaimed International Prize
March 13, 2015
An award that’s previously gone to the likes of the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa will this year honor a man who’s focused on making life better for people with developmental disabilities.
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Updates



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)

Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Reintroduced in the House
Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) reintroduced the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R. 670) today to allow individuals with disabilities, who have the mental capacity, to create their own special needs trusts. NAELA expects reintroduction in the Senate shortly. Read more. (February 3, 2015)

NAELA Empowers Consumers Against Scams
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is promoting a new education campaign designed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enlist people over 65 in the effort to recognize and report frauds and scams. See press release. (December 15, 2014)

NAELA Celebrates Passage of Legislation to Aid Children with Disabilities of Military Families
Congress passed today provisions that protect children with disabilities of members of the military by allowing their parents’ survivor benefits to go into a special needs trust. The provisions were passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015. See press release. (December 12, 2014)

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