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Veterans Affairs Leader Compares Health Care Delays to Disney Lines
May 31, 2016
Robert A. McDonald, the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, drew bipartisan criticism after comparing the waiting times for veterans receiving medical care to standing in line for a ride at Disneyland.
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Republicans Block Stricter Rules on Retirement Savings
May 27, 2016
Republicans controlling the Senate passed legislation Tuesday to block new Obama administration rules that require financial professionals to put their client’s best interest first when giving advice on retirement investments like individual retirement accounts.
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Online Autism Training Shows Promise For Families
May 26, 2016
As researchers look for ways to help parents better interact with their kids on the spectrum, a new study suggests that families may be able to boost their skills without even leaving home.
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Business Built Around Workers With Disabilities Expanding
May 25, 2016
John D’Eri opened Rising Tide Car Wash in 2013, convinced that a business whose primary mission of employing adults with autism would be a financial success. Three years later, Rising Tide continues in Parkland, and now it’s expanding to a second location.
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Senator Calls For Full Funding of IDEA
May 24, 2016
An influential U.S. senator is urging his colleagues to work toward plugging a special education funding shortfall of more than $17 billion.
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Will New Medicaid Regulations Spur Hill Action on Mental Health Reform?
May 23, 2016
Mental health advocates hope that a provision included in recent Medicaid managed care regulations will jump-start discussions in Congress about fixing a decades-old policy that limits Medicaid reimbursement for certain inpatient mental health care.
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Despite $10B 'Fix,' Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer to See Doctors
May 20, 2016
Many veterans are still waiting to see a doctor. Two years ago, vets were waiting a long time for care at Veterans Affairs clinics across the country. At one facility in Phoenix, for example, veterans waited an average of 115 days for an appointment. Adding insult to injury, some VA schedulers were told to falsify data to make it look like the waits weren't that bad.
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Disability Providers Get Reprieve From New Wage Rule
May 19, 2016
Disability providers are getting extra leeway as the Obama administration moves forward with a new rule that many worried could force service cuts for people with special needs.
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Community Living Skeptics Often Have Change of Heart
May 17, 2016
Despite initial opposition, a new study suggests that many families of those with disabilities required to transition from institutions to community living are ultimately pleased with the outcome.
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Working Past Retirement Benefits Your Health, Study Says
May 13, 2016
Researchers from Oregon State University find that when healthy adults work one year past the typical retirement age of 65, they increase their odds of living longer.
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Updates

NAELA and Other Advocates for Persons with Disabilities Support Congressional Effort to Ensure Minnesota Can Continue to Protect Families Needing Care Services at Home
Efforts would protect families from choosing between financial ruin or divorce in order to receive Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). See press release. (May 12, 2016)

Read the Latest on NAELA Public Policy/Advocacy
Read the May issue of the NAELA Advocacy Update. (May 4, 2016)

NAELA to Host Elder and Special Needs Law Conference
NAELA will host the NAELA Annual Conference from April 7-9 at the Denver Marriott City Center. See press release. (April 5, 2016)

Join a NAELA Committee
Whether you’re new to Elder Law and Special Needs Planning, new to the Academy, or you finally have time to volunteer, NAELA offers a variety of committees, task forces, and project-based groups to help you learn more about Elder Law and Special Needs Planning, share your expertise, and get to know fellow members from across the country. New committees are starting in May. Make this the year you get active in NAELA.
Learn about NAELA Committees (You’ll need to sign in to the site to view this page.) Read about NAELA members’ experiences. (March 30, 2016)

NAELA Commends House Passage of Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act
The reauthorization will allow support to continue through 2019 and strengthens the law by providing better protection for vulnerable elders; streamlining and improving program administration; promoting evidence-based support; improving nutrition services; and aligning senior employment services with the workforce development system. See press release. (March 22, 2016)

NAELA Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” calling upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential. The annual event aims to raise public awareness of the many abilities people with disabilities have. See press release. (March 11, 2016)

NAELA Urges Participation in “Seniors Decide 2016” on February 17
The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) will sponsor “Seniors Decide 2016” on Wednesday, February 17, at 1:00pm ET, in Arlington, Va. The live forum was developed to provide a fair and unbiased platform for sharing the views of candidates for President of the United States on policies and programs affecting older Americans. See press release. (February 16, 2016)

NAELA Announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors

The NAELA Board welcomes four new members and several returning members to NAELA leadership. See press release. (February 12, 2016)

NAELA Applauds Increased Funding of Elder Justice Act

NAELA), a founding member of the Elder Justice Coalition, was pleased to see a doubling of funding for the Elder Justice Act in FY 2016 to $8 million in the appropriations package. See press release. (January 27, 2016)

Upcoming National Law Conference Focuses on Seniors and People with Special Needs
The NAELA Summit will be held from January 28-30, 2016, at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif. See press release. (January 20, 2016)

Update on Saccone v. Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System
In October 2014, NAELA prepared an amicus brief that helped support the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision to allow children with disabilities of retired police and firefighters to receive their parent’s survivor benefits without the risk of losing public assistance. That brief and court decision continues to have a positive effect in the state. NAELA recently received news that the New Jersey Law Revision Commission, which reviewed the amicus brief for background information on the matter, has prepared a draft tentative report to codify the Saccone holding. (January 12, 2016)