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


Wave of Elderly Veterans Creates Financial Worries for VA’s Nursing Home Services

2/21/2019|  Story

More than one million veterans will be eligible for taxpayer-funded nursing home services within the next five years, according to the latest estimates from federal administrators trying to balance the costs of institutional care with alternative options allowing those individuals to stay in their homes.
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Feds: Patient With Intellectual Disability Blocked From Organ Transplant List

2/20/2019|  Story

Federal officials say that a major university health care system will change its ways after denying a person with intellectual disability the opportunity to be placed on a transplant list.
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Big Changes Coming for Nursing Homes with New Hazardous Waste Rule, Experts Say

2/19/2019|  Story

Nursing homes are going to need a crash course in the disposal of hazardous materials following a recent law change.
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Retirement in America Is Too Expensive, But It Doesn't Have to Be

2/15/2019|  Story

In a recent survey, Legg Mason found that a 32% of Americans are “very confident” that they will have enough money for a comfortable retirement.
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More Colleges Opening Doors to People With Developmental Disabilities

2/14/2019|  Story

Many high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) dream of going to college, but historically, for most of them, that dream has been dashed against hard realities - colleges were not ready for them, and many people believed they could not function there.
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New Social Security Bill Retains — and Even Enhances — Benefits

2/13/2019|  Story

It raises enough new revenue to more than restore long-run balance.
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New Maine Governor Rejects 1115 Waiver
1/23/2019  Announcement
Yesterday, Maine's new Governor, Janet Mills, informed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that Maine would not move forward with its 1115 Medicaid waiver.
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NAELA Celebrates Success in CTNAELA, et. al. v. Bremby
1/14/2019  Press Release
In August 2017, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Connecticut Chapter requested a grant as it sought injunctive and declaratory relief against the Connecticut Department of Social Services for failing to make available to the public
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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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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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