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A $15 Minimum Wage Could Boost Social Security Benefits by About $5,000 a Year

2/24/21|  Story

Some Washington lawmakers are pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour to put more money in workers’ pockets.
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When Does COVID-19 Become A Disability? 'Long-Haulers' Push For Answers And Benefits

2/23/21|  Story

Jodee Pineau-Chaisson is a so-called long-hauler. These are people who survive COVID-19 but have symptoms — sometimes debilitating symptoms — many months later. As scientists scramble to explain what is going on and figure out how to help, disability advocates are also scrambling: They are trying to figure out whether long-haulers will qualify for disability benefits.
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People With Intellectual Disabilities Are Often Overlooked in Pandemic Response

2/22/21|  Story

Early studies have shown that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a higher likelihood of dying from the virus than those without disabilities, likely because of a higher prevalence of preexisting conditions.
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Coronavirus Relief Plan Includes Billions in New Funds for Veterans Programs

2/19/21|  Story

The $1.9 trillion proposal, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, includes provisions to plus-up unemployment assistance to individuals who lost their jobs because of the pandemic, new payouts up to $1,400 to American families to offset financial hardships, and an increase in child care and child tax credits.
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AARP Urges Appeals Court to Reverse 'Sole Cause' Age Discrimination Ruling

2/18/21|  Story

Legal briefs argue it's still bias even if age isn't only factor behind firing.
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Too Many U.S. Doctors Biased Against Patients With Disabilities: Study

2/11/21|  Story

Dr. Lisa Iezzoni is all too familiar with the discrimination that patients who have a disability can face: Having lived with multiple sclerosis for more than four decades and now in a wheelchair, she has also studied health care experiences and outcomes for people with disabilities for more than 20 years.
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NAELA to Host Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Conference Online
2/22/2021  Press Release
NAELA will host the NAELA Annual Conference from March 24-26, 2021, online.
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NAELA Attorney Receives 2021 Theresa Award
2/10/2021  Press Release
NAELA is pleased to announce that Annette M. Hines (Framingham, Mass.) was named the 2021 recipient of the Theresa Award.
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NAELA Celebrates Passage of Latest COVID-19 Relief Package
1/15/2021  Press Release
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) praises the U.S. Senate for passage of the latest COVID-19 relief package. The relief package will aid in three of NAELA’s top public policy priorities for 2021.
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NAELA Empowers Consumers Against Scams
12/7/2020  Press Release
NAELA is promoting an education campaign designed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enlist people over 65 in the effort to recognize and report frauds and scams.
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NAELA Pays Tribute on Veterans Day 2020
11/9/2020  Press Release
Association for Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Observes National Holiday Recognizing Veterans for Their Service
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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. 

Tiffanny Sievers, Esq., Marion, Illinois

  • NAELA State Advocacy Committee (Illinois Ambassador)
  • Illinois NAELA Chapter Board
  • Past President — Illinois NAELA Chapter
  • Deficit Reduction Act Committee Chair — Illinois NAELA Chapter
  • Illinois NAELA Legislative Committee
  • Illinois NAELA Task Force Co-Chair for Committee Against Administrative Hearing Changes
  • Past speaker at Illinois NAELA UnProgram and national conferences
  • Co-Chair of the NAELA New/Transitioning Attorneys Section
“Being a committee member made me more successful, more mentally stable, and is something I would encourage anyone who practices elder law to do and meet new people at national conferences.”

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