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U.S. States Get More, Spend More on Medicaid Under Obamacare: Report
November 26, 2014
One part of the Affordable Care Act is going according to plan, with U.S. states receiving and spending more money on the Medicaid health insurance program, a report released by the National Association of State Budget Officers showed.
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Senate Unlikely to Reconsider UN Disability Treaty
November 25, 2014
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is dismayed that his effort to extend the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the international community appears unlikely to gain the Republican support it needs to be ratified by the Senate.
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How Social Security Raise Impacts Retirees
November 24, 2014
Many retirees and preretirees are unaware of their Social Security claiming options, a recent survey showed.
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Why Phased Retirement May Become the Hottest Boomer Benefit
November 21, 2014
Older federal workers will be able to work part-time before retiring. Other employers are likely to follow.
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Vote Planned on Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts
November 20, 2014
With little time to spare, a vote will happen this year on a bill that would allow people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their benefits, a key member of Congress says.
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Analysis Shows Widespread Discrepancies in Staffing Levels Reported by Nursing Homes
November 19, 2014
Data compiled for Medicare shows lower levels of care than website for consumers.
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States Cracking Down on Accessible Parking Abuse
November 18, 2014
In some cities, drivers with disabilities trying to find accessible parking spaces are often out of luck, because many of those spots are taken by able-bodied people who use parking placards intended for those with disabilities to get a choice spot or save a few bucks.
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Social Security Q&A: Can I Collect Spouse's or Ex-Spouse's Benefits if I Remarried after 60?
November 17, 2014
Social Security may be your largest or one of your largest assets. How you manage it, by deciding which benefits to collect and when, can make an absolutely huge difference to your lifetime benefits. And those with the highest past covered earnings have the most to gain from maximizing their Social Security.
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12 Easy Ways to Save for Retirement
November 14, 2014
Small changes in how you spend money can add up to big savings for retirement.
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Schools Must Offer Communication Supports, Feds Say
November 13, 2014
The Obama administration is reminding schools of their wide-ranging responsibilities to students with disabilities who struggle with speech and other communication difficulties.
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Updates



NAELA Supports National Memory Screening Day (NMSD)
November 18 is National Memory Screening Day. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) carries out this annual event by collaborating with organizations and health care professionals across the U.S. to provide free, confidential memory screenings and follow-up resources and educational materials to those concerned about memory loss. See press release. (November 17, 2014)

Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the October newsletter. (October 27, 2014)

NAELA Calls for Paying Doctors to Discuss Advanced Care Planning
NAELA called for Medicare to pay doctors for the time they spend with their patients discussing advanced care planning in a letter sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). See press release.

NAELA Aids Win for Children With Disabilities of Retired New Jersey Police and Firefighters
The New Jersey supreme court’s decision to allow children with disabilities of retired police and firefighters to receive their parent’s survivor benefits without the risk of losing public assistance was in part due to the assistance of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and NAELA members. See press release. (October 16, 2014)

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)

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)

Marketing Inappropriately to NAELA Members

NAELA has a strict policy of NOT selling our member contact email information. To read more about a marketing email some members may have received see here.