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Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options in a Storm

2/21/20|  Story

John High has diabetes, which led to his leg being amputated below the knee two years ago. He's been using a wheelchair since then, and hasn't gotten used to having to work out solutions to everyday problems — such as getting in and out of the shower in the small rental house he shares with his son in Norman, Okla. Full Story

Veterans' Use of Long-Term Care Is Increasing, and VA Faces Challenges in Meeting the Demand

2/20/20|  Story

Veterans rely on long-term care from the VA for everything from occasional help around the house to round-the-clock care. Eligibility is primarily based on the extent of a service-connected disability. Full Story

Survey: Many Medicare Beneficiaries Fear Receiving a Surprise Medical Bill

2/19/20|  Story

A majority of Medicare beneficiaries are worried about getting a surprise medical bill as Congress ponders how to handle the issue. Full Story

Veterans Get More Banking Options, Under New VA Partnership

2/18/20|  Story

Some veterans may have better access to banking now, through a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Association of Military Banks of America. Full Story

Congress Seeking More Answers on VA Electronic Health Record Delay

2/14/20|  Story

The House Veterans Affairs Committee is looking for answers and a clear direction from VA now that the initial rollout of its multi-billion dollar electronic health record has been delayed. Full Story


NAELA Celebrates US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit Decision on 1115 Medicaid Waiver
2/18/2020  Press Release
Judges Unanimously Decide Arkansas Waiver Does Not Meet Objectives of Medicaid
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Now Accepting Theresa Award Nominations
2/18/2020  Announcement
Deadline: March 4, 2020 - The Theresa Award is an annual community service award presented by the Theresa Alessandra Russo Foundation to a NAELA member in recognition of his or her advocacy and support of individuals with disabilities.
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Now Accepting Foundation Trustee Nominations
2/3/2020  Announcement
Deadline: February 29, 2020 - Nominate a NAELA member for the Foundation Board of Trustees
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NAELA Provides Guidance on SECURE Act
1/16/2020  Press Release
New legislation impacts retirement tax policy
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Now Accepting Powley Nominations
1/14/2020  Announcement
Deadline: January 21, 2020 - Nominate a fellow NAELA member
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Featured Member Volunteer

NAELA volunteers learn and share expertise, gain valuable leadership experience, and influence positive change in elder and special needs law. 

Lisa M. Neeley, Esq., Worcester, Mass.

  • Presenter: NAELA Lunch & Learn webinar, “Medicaid and the Use of Irrevocable Trusts in Long-Term Care”
  • Author of several articles:
    Case Note: Heyn v. Director of the Office of Medicaid, NAELA Journal, Fall 2016
    Limiting State Medicaid Agency Attempts to Expand the “Any Circumstances” Test, NAELA Journal, Spring 2017
    Case Note: Daley v. Executive Office of Health and Human Services, NAELA Journal, Spring 2018
  • New/Transitioning Attorneys Section member
  • Massachusetts Chapter Board Member
"I’ve been so involved with members of the Massachusetts Chapter that I now consider many of them to be friends, and not just colleagues. I always feel comfortable calling or emailing with any questions or to just brainstorm ideas on how to tackle a complex Medicaid problem. I’m always amazed at how quick NAELA members are to volunteer information, experiences, and assistance to other members. For example, the national NAELA amicus team dropped everything to pull together a brief on two complex cases in a short time."
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