Grassroots advocacy has become all the more important as we work with a new Congress and Administration. As you know there is a great deal of concern about legislation that could harm our clients, and the NAELA Foundation wants to ensure there are enough resources to educate members of Congress and the Administration on the negative impacts this legislation could have.
Therefore, as we continue to work with decision makers on the value of needed programs and potential negative consequences, NAELA is looking to its members for support. The Foundation works to enhance NAELA's existing grassroots/lobbying efforts and asks for your help today.
In 2016, after six years of work, NAELA successfully gained passage of its top legislative priority, the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (included in the 21st Century Cures Act), when President Obama signed the bill into law on December 13, 2016.
Our success required focused, coordinated action over several congressional sessions, combining the experience and expertise of NAELA staff and lobbyists with NAELA members who made grassroots advocacy a priority. As a result, NAELA has developed a reputation across the political spectrum as objective, nonpartisan experts who can provide our expertise in the law and the consequences of different policy options. It’s why the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act passed overwhelmingly in the House and unanimously in the Senate.
This grassroots advocacy has become all the more important as we work with a new Congress and Administration. As you know, there is a great deal of concern that proposed changes to such social safety net programs as Medicaid could have a terrible impact on our clients, older Americans and people with special needs.
Therefore, as we seek to educate decision-makers on the value of needed programs and the potential negative effect of proposed changes, NAELA is looking to members for their support. The Foundation Board has committed its support to the new “Advocacy Now” campaign.
The Foundation’s Advocacy Now campaign will help ensure we have the resources, ranging from funding for research to litigation and regulatory advocacy, we need to educate members of Congress and the Administration on proposals that could harm elder law and special needs planning clients. Moreover, because NAELA has strengthened its reputation during the last few years as a bipartisan organization that can offer subject matter expertise on these issues, we hope to become a part of the larger conversation, working toward solutions that protect our clients.
Please join me and the Foundation Board and give to the “Advocacy Now” campaign.
Stu Zimring, CAP, Fellow
Chair, NAELA Foundation
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