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Special Education Enrollment Rises
April 28, 2016
An increasing number of American students are reportedly utilizing special education services in the nation’s public schools.
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Report: Kentucky Health Care Expansion Among Most Successful
April 27, 2016
A recent report by Kaiser Family Foundation says Kentucky has one of the most successful implementations of the Affordable Care Act in the U.S.
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What If Residents Decided How Their Nursing Home Would Run?
April 26, 2016
Person-centered care is transforming life in care facilities.
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Medicare Delays Plans For New Star Ratings Of Hospitals
April 25, 2016
Bowing to pressure from the hospital industry and Congress, the Obama administration on Wednesday delayed releasing its new hospital quality rating measure just a day before its planned launch.
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States' Expansion of Medicaid Tied to Better Care for Low-Income Adults
April 22, 2016
Low-income adults in the U.S. likely benefited if their states expanded Medicaid in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, suggests a new study.
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With April 29th Deadline Looming, Social Security Leaves 1.2 Million Boomers Hanging
April 21, 2016
I’ve written about this before and must do so again as Social Security has not, to my good knowledge, issued any formal clarification on this issue. The fact that the agency has left this issue unresolved, only 16 days from the April 29th deadline, is outrageous.
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VA Bosses in 7 States Falsified Vets' Wait Times for Care
April 20, 2016
Supervisors instructed employees to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs' medical facilities in at least seven states, according to a USA TODAY analysis of more than 70 investigation reports released in recent weeks.
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Autism Wandering Bill Gains Momentum in Congress
April 19, 2016
Federal legislation addressing the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander is one step closer to becoming law.
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Group Homes Struggle to Remain Staffed
April 18, 2016
Organizations that provide care to people with disabilities are reporting crisis-level shortages of employees needed to feed, bathe and perform other essential tasks for residents in Illinois, a situation that has prompted the closure of some group homes and kept hundreds of families on waiting lists for services.
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Google Awards Millions for Disability Initiative
April 14, 2016
Google is doling out millions of dollars all with an eye toward using technology to increase independence for the world’s billion people with disabilities.
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Medicare Opens New Push on Hip, Knee Replacement in Effort to Follow Patients More Closely, Head Off Complications
April 13, 2016
From Akron to Tampa Bay, from New York City to San Francisco, Medicare on Friday launches an ambitious experiment changing how it pays for hip and knee replacements in an effort to raise quality and lower costs.
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Updates

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)

Read the Latest on NAELA Public Policy/Advocacy
Read the January issue of the NAELA Advocacy Update. (January 14, 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)