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Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes By Six States
July 11, 2014
Tired of waiting for states to reduce their backlogs of Medicaid applications, the Obama administration has given six states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting health coverage.
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Congress Passes Bill Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility
July 10, 2014
A bill that would significantly limit young people with disabilities from entering sheltered workshop programs is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk.
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Feds Concerned Over Increased Leeway For IEP Teams
July 9, 2014
A move to give individualized education program teams in one state more latitude over determining graduation requirements for students with disabilities is raising red flags.
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Worry About Your Estate Plan, Not the Taxes
July 8, 2014
About 10 years ago, a politician asked us to find an example of a family farm in the area that had been financially wiped out because of the federal estate tax (or “death tax” as he called it). He was not pleased when we were unable to offer up such an example. Reality conflicted with the theme of his message.
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Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging 'Boomers': Study
July 7, 2014
With higher rates of illness but fewer adult children to care for them, many of America's baby boom generation may find themselves unable to pay for the nursing home care they need, a new study warns.
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Obama Taps Ex-CEO McDonald for Veterans Affairs Post
July 3, 2014
President Obama said he picked former CEO Robert McDonald to head the Veterans Affairs Department because his extensive management experience is needed to address problems at VA medical facilities.
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Worry About Your Estate Plan, Not The Taxes
July 2, 2014
About 10 years ago, a politician asked us to find an example of a family farm in the area that had been financially wiped out because of the federal estate tax (or “death tax” as he called it). He was not pleased when we were unable to offer up such an example. Reality conflicted with the theme of his message. I’m not saying estate taxes are irrelevant, insignificant or otherwise unworthy of consideration. At a 40 percent tax rate, the estate tax is real and has the potential to damage or even destroy a privately-held business. I’m simply stating that what is more important is estate planning. With a properly structured estate plan, estate taxes can be mitigated, funded or eliminated.
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Social Security Closes Offices As Boomers Retire. How to Get Help Now.
July 1, 2014
With fewer offices and fewer employees, the agency is overwhelmed. These five steps can help you find the information you need.
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Retired Couples Wrestle Over Money Issues
June 30, 2014
Retirees often feel extra stress about money because of scarcity and not earning an income.
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Shift in Law on Disability and Students Shows Lapses
June 27, 2014
Fewer than a third of states and territories now comply with federal disability law under a change announced in the way the Department of Education evaluates how well public schools educate students with disabilities.
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Updates



Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the July newsletter. (July 7, 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)

NAELA Names Kevin Urbatsch Editor in Chief of NAELA Journal
NAELA named Kevin Urbatsch of San Francisco, Calif., editor in chief of NAELA Journal, effective June 1, 2014. Prior to this role, Urbatsch served as executive editor and articles editor for the publication. See press release. (April 28, 2014)

NAELA to Host Elder and Special Needs Law Conference
NAELA will host the NAELA Annual Conference from May 15-17, 2014, at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. See press release. The following awards will be presented during the conference. (April 28, 2014)

NAELA Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors
NAELA has proudly announced its Board of Directors for 2014-2015. See press release. (April 18, 2014)

NAELA Foundation Awards First Grant
The NAELA Foundation awarded its first litigation grant of $5,000 to Neighborhood Legal Services, a provider of free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of Essex County, Mass. See press release. (April 14, 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.