NAELA members, working together and learning from one another, have broad experience with legal issues affecting people as they age and people with disabilities.


NAELA sponsors continuing education programs for attorneys and provides publications and educational materials to members.


NAELA leads and advocates on public policy issues facing members’ clients and their families.


Deal to Extend Benefits for ‘Blue Water’ Vietnam Veterans Appears Dead for This Year

12/14/2018|  Story

Hopes for a deal this year to extend disability benefits to thousands of “blue water” Navy veterans who claim toxic exposure while serving in the Vietnam War were all but ended Monday after supporters could not get unanimous support in the Senate for a potential fix.
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Expanded Medicaid Helped These Americans Find Better Jobs

12/13/2018|  Story

For low-income workers trying to get ahead, expanded Medicaid coverage might be just what the doctor ordered.
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Nearly a Million Filed for Disability During the Recession Who Otherwise Wouldn’t Have, Study Finds

12/12/2018|  Story

Nearly 1 million people filed for disability benefits they ordinarily wouldn’t have due to the recession, a new study finds. Another 400,000 filed earlier for disability than trends would have suggested, the study finds.
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Aging Services Experts Highlight 11 Long-Term Care Trends for 2019

12/11/2018|  Story

Ballooning interest in managed care, along with the repurposing of SNFs, will be two major things providers must contend with next year, a long-term care consulting firm cautioned Thursday.
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Medicare to Cut Payments to Nursing Homes Whose Patients End Up Back in the Hospital

12/10/2018|  Story

The federal government took a new step this week to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients. The move targets the homes' bottom lines by lowering a year's worth of payments to nearly 11,000 nursing homes, and giving bonuses to nearly 4,000 others.
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NAELA Celebrates 70th Anniversary of UN Human Rights Day
12/10/2018  Press Release
December 10, 2018, will mark 70 years since the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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NAELA Celebrates Favorable Result in Greenhaven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center v. Foust
12/5/2018  Press Release
NAELA celebrated a favorable result in Greenhaven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center v. Foust, which involves the nursing home residents’ right to retain their home as “homestead” property after entering a nursing home.
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Update on Cox v. Iowa Department of Human Services
12/5/2018  News Story
In February 2018, NAELA and the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) filed an amicus brief in Cox v. Iowa Department of Human Services arguing that funding a d-4-C trust by an individual over age 64 was governed by the Medicaid trust statute, 42 U.S.C. § 139
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NAELA Pays Tribute on Veterans Day
11/9/2018  Press Release
NAELA recognizes veterans not only on Veterans Day, but throughout the year by assisting veterans and their families in obtaining their hard-earned public service benefits.
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New: Unique Travel Experience for NAELA Members
11/8/2018  Announcement
NAELA is excited to announce its newest member trip: "Law and Culture London/UK" on June 16-23, 2019.
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Featured Events

Event Detail
2019 Annual Meeting
05/09/2019 - 05/11/2019

Fort Worth, TX

Featured Content

Product Details
New VA Pension Benefit Rule

On October 18, the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) new rule related to net worth, asset transfers, and income exclusions for needs-based benefits goes into effect

Featured Member Volunteer

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

Charles P. Golbert, Chicago, Ill.

Volunteered on:
  • NAELA Journal Editorial Board, Former Editor-in-Chief
  • Co-Recipient of 2010 NAELA John J. Regan Writing Award
  • Former NAELA Co-Representative for National Guardianship Network
"Committee work with NAELA has been a rewarding way to give a little back to the profession. I’ve not only tremendously enjoyed my work with NAELA, but it has enriched my practice. NAELA has helped me stay on the cutting edge. Moreover, through my work with NAELA, I’ve gotten to know a national network of top lawyers with whom I have been able to consult on a variety of issues. I’ve also made friends for life."

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