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Obama Task Force Urges Improved Police Interactions
March 4, 2015
A presidential task force is encouraging police departments across the nation to be more mindful of their dealings with people who have disabilities.
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Medicaid Enrollment Surges Across the U.S.
March 3, 2015
More low-income people are being covered by public insurance, despite expansion limits.
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High Court Rejects Autism-Vaccine Case
March 2, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought by a woman who says her son’s autism was caused by vaccines he received.
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In Fight Over Service Dog, School Board Is Brought to Heel
February 27, 2015
Stevie is a good dog. He doesn’t eat from the table or have accidents in the house. And he never pulls on his leash. The white-and-tan Staffordshire terrier also has a special talent: He alerts caregivers when his little boy, Anthony Merchante, is going to have a seizure or has trouble breathing.
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Retirement: When You Should Take Social Security
February 26, 2015
Social Security is most Americans' largest retirement asset, but the system is "maddeningly complex, and if you don't figure it out, you can lose big bucks," says one of the authors of a new book.
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Training Aims to Tackle Autism Knowledge Gap Among Doctors
February 25, 2015
A new effort is in the works to help train doctors and other health care providers to better serve individuals on the spectrum.
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Why Elder Financial Abuse Is Such a Slippery Crime
February 24, 2015
Two recent studies on elder financial abuse caught my eye — one suggesting the problem is far bigger than we think and the other suggesting it’s much smaller.
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Effort to Prevent Birth Defects Hits FDA Roadblock
February 23, 2015
Preventing certain devastating birth defects has become as easy as pie crust — and bread, cereal, pasta, and other grain products.
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10 Surprising Facts About Retirement
February 20, 2015
Most retirees are prepared for more free time and less stress, but some other aspects of retirement could be unexpected. Many retirees have significant financial worries and health concerns, and an excess of free time is only fun if you use it well. Here are 10 ways retirement might surprise you.
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5 Harmful Retirement Misconceptions to Avoid
February 19, 2015
Many people harbor a romanticized view of retirement. But there are some hard realities to consider.
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Updates

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)

Latest NAELA Advocacy Update
Read more about NAELA's public policy and advocacy efforts in the January newsletter. (January 26, 2015)

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)

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