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Feds to Appeal Ruling on Caregiver Wage Protections
January 26, 2015
The Obama administration will appeal a court ruling blocking regulations aimed at providing minimum wage and overtime protections for in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities.
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Flu Now Rampaging in Long-Term Care Facilities Nationwide, Officials Confirm
January 23, 2015
Long-term care facilities across the country are being hit hard by the seasonal flu, due in part to a problem with this year's vaccine, federal officials stated late last week.
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High Court Considers If Medicaid Providers Can Sue Over Pay
January 22, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could block hospitals, doctors — or anyone else — from suing states over inadequate payment rates for providers who participate in the Medicaid program for low-income Americans.
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Autism Tracking Device Proposal Gets Renewed Push
January 21, 2015
There is a fresh effort in Congress to secure $10 million in federal funds to provide free tracking devices to individuals with autism and other disabilities who are at risk of wandering.
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Caregiver Wage, Overtime Protections Struck Down
January 20, 2015
A federal judge has put a stop to a new rule requiring that in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities be paid minimum wage and overtime.
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In Practice, IDEA Remedies May Not Be Available to All
January 16, 2015
Family income appears to be a major factor influencing whether parents will seek mediation or due process in special education disputes with their child’s school district.
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Social Security Won't Seize Tax Refunds to Collect Old Debts
January 15, 2015
People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds.
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Self-Advocate Gets State of the Union Invite
January 14, 2015
Sara Wolff fought hard to help others like her, so U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) offered her a special thanks. He invited Wolff to sit in the U.S. House gallery next Tuesday to watch President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union speech. Wolff helped Casey get a bill passed that helps those with disabilities.
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Lawmakers Look to Improve Care For Kids With Complex Needs
January 13, 2015
Finding care for children with medically complex or rare conditions can force parents to tap into networks of highly specialized physicians and hospitals scattered around the country.
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Justice Dept. Sues Doctor Paid Richly by Medicare
January 12, 2015
One of the nation’s top-billing doctors, a cardiologist who collected more than $18 million in payments from Medicare in 2012, has been accused by the federal government of performing unnecessary procedures on patients.
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Upcoming National Law Conference Focuses on Seniors and People with Disabilities
The NAELA Summit will be held from January 29-31, 2015, at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Hosted by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), this event is a new approach to advanced learning, offering hands-on learning under the guidance of top experts in Elder and Special Needs Law. See press release. (January 21, 2015)

Latest NAELA Advocacy Update

Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the End of 2014 newsletter. (December 16, 2014)

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)

NAELA Advocacy Alert: House Vote on Tax-Favored Accounts
Read more about the bill that would create tax-favored accounts for children and adults whose disability occurred before age 26. (December 5, 2014)

Latest NAELA: Eye on Elder and Special Needs Issues
Read "Who Has Access to Your Digital Assets When You Die?" by Catherine Seal, CELA. (December 4, 2014)

Disabled Military Child Protection Act Provisions Included in Defense Authorization Deal
Provisions to designate a special needs trust as the beneficiary for a military survivor benefit plan annuity was included in the congressional Armed Services Committees' compromised defense authorization bill for 2015. The provisions are substantively equivalent to the Disabled Military Child Protection Act, a top priority for NAELA. The defense authorization bill is expected to pass both chambers of Congress by the end of the lame-duck session next week. (December 3, 2014)

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)

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)

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