On behalf of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, NAELA President Ed Boyer released the following statement in response to President Obama's FY 2013 Budget:

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Advocacy Updates

March 30, 2020
Major COVID-19 Package Extends NAELA Priorities and More. A major package to address the impacts of COVID-19 passed by Congress last week. The package, known as the CARES Act, extended NAELA’s top legislative priorities: funding for Money Follows the Person and the requirement that states apply the spousal impoverishment protections to home and community service waivers until November 30. The legislation also contained a number of provisions to help older adults and persons with disabilities, such as waiving required minimum distributions for traditional retirement accounts in 2020. Learn more.

March 27, 2020
Virtual Notaries Across States. Several state legislatures are considering or have introduced emergency bills that would allow virtual notarization of documents. NAELA has created a work group in response to concerns raised by members about emergency legislation being introduced at a state level. If you would like to be part of this group where members can share their experiences and compare different legislation, you may email Erica Asbell, Public Policy Associate for State Chapters. 

March 26, 2020
COVID-19 Stimulus. The package contains extensions of NAELA's two priorities (MFP/spousal protections for HCBS) until November 30, 2020 for the lame duck session. That is the last opportunity for a major drug/surprise billing package and a long-term extension this Congress. NAELA is reviewing the text, a number of provisions will be of interest to membership.

Section 1135 Waivers. States are quickly getting these emergency waivers approved. NAELA staff continues to coordinate with advocates on monitoring any concerns that may arise.

Waiver of Three-Day Qualifying Stay. CMS has issued a nationwide waiver of the three day hospital stay requirement for Medicare beneficiaries that need to enter a skilled nursing facility. The waiver applies to all beneficiaries that are dislocated or impacted by COVID-19. 
National Ombudsman COVID-19 website. The National Long-term Care Ombudsman has updated its resource center to include a website on COVID-19. This site includes a FAQ and overview for COVID-19, news on revised CMS guidance during the pandemic, and other resources for friends and family with loved ones in a skilled nursing facility.  
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