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Feds Look to Expand Special Focus Facility List of Poor-Performing Nursing Homes, Create New Ranking System

11/23/20|  Story

The two U.S. senators who last year released a “secret” list of nursing homes under consideration for inclusion on a formal list of facilities with major quality issues are now calling for expanded oversight of poorly performing skilled nursing facilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Digital Technology Helps Blind Veteran Experience World

11/20/20|  Story

“Seeing” the world through a digital voice, Army Veteran Tom Arcand glimpses the world through a unique device – even though he’s legally blind.
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Deep Sleep Protects Against Alzheimer's, Growing Evidence Shows

11/19/20|  Story

During deep sleep, the brain appears to wash away waste products that increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease.
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Partnership to Enhance Breast Cancer Treatment for Veterans

11/18/20|  Story

VA has launched a new strategic partnership with Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine toward building VA’s National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence, integrating the best of the public and private sectors to serve patients.
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A Woung Widow Seeks Help With Social Security Survivor Benefits

11/17/20|  Story

Social Security survivor benefits come in several forms.
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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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NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October 2020
10/2/2020  Press Release
Elder and special needs law attorneys focus on education and awareness of legal options for people with disabilities and their families
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NAELA Joins Other Organizations Opposing Immunity Waivers
9/24/2020  Press Release
NAELA recognizes the tragedy of nursing home resident deaths since COVID-19 and the importance of holding nursing homes accountable for the care they provide to residents.
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Social Security Celebrates 85th Anniversary
8/12/2020  Press Release
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935, providing economic security for workers when they retired.
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NAELA Celebrates 2020 Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary
7/24/2020  Press Release
NAELA celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26.
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"I’ve been a NAELA member since 2002. Over the years, I’ve chaired the Health Care Section, presented at conferences, and written articles for NAELA publications. Overall, I’d say that NAELA is my intellectual home. It’s where I can interact with like-minded people who care about the same issues that I do." 

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