NAELA members, working together and learning from one another, have broad experience with legal issues affecting people as they age and people with disabilities.


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


A New Law Is Changing How Veterans and Service Members Pay for Homes

2/27/20|  Story

Buyers of luxury homes no longer need a down payment on their non-conforming VA loan Full Story

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Retirement Plan Lawsuit Against Intel

2/26/20|  Story

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to back stricter deadlines for workers to sue retirement plans over alleged mismanagement, ruling Intel Corp cannot avoid a suit accusing it of unlawfully making high-risk investments that cost retirement plan beneficiaries hundreds of millions of dollars. Full Story

New Subsidy Helps Formerly Homeless Veterans Afford Housing in High Rent Areas

2/25/20|  Story

A new VA subsidy will help low-income and formerly homeless Veterans afford housing in high-rent communities. Full Story

This App Helps People With Special Needs Make Friends

2/24/20|  Story

Juliana Fetherman was in middle school when she started to notice that her younger brother, Michael, who has ADHD and autism, was having problems making friends. Full Story

Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options in a Storm

2/21/20|  Story

John High has diabetes, which led to his leg being amputated below the knee two years ago. He's been using a wheelchair since then, and hasn't gotten used to having to work out solutions to everyday problems — such as getting in and out of the shower in the small rental house he shares with his son in Norman, Okla. Full Story


NAELA Supports Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2020
2/24/2020  Press Release
NAELA supports Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month this March.
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Now Accepting Theresa Award Nominations
2/18/2020  Announcement
Deadline: March 4, 2020 - The Theresa Award is an annual community service award presented by the Theresa Alessandra Russo Foundation to a NAELA member in recognition of his or her advocacy and support of individuals with disabilities.
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NAELA Celebrates US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit Decision on 1115 Medicaid Waiver
2/18/2020  Press Release
Judges Unanimously Decide Arkansas Waiver Does Not Meet Objectives of Medicaid
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Now Accepting Foundation Trustee Nominations
2/3/2020  Announcement
Deadline: February 29, 2020 - Nominate a NAELA member for the Foundation Board of Trustees
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NAELA Provides Guidance on SECURE Act
1/16/2020  Press Release
New legislation impacts retirement tax policy
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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. 

Lisa M. Neeley, Esq., Worcester, Mass.

  • Presenter: NAELA Lunch & Learn webinar, “Medicaid and the Use of Irrevocable Trusts in Long-Term Care”
  • Author of several articles:
    Case Note: Heyn v. Director of the Office of Medicaid, NAELA Journal, Fall 2016
    Limiting State Medicaid Agency Attempts to Expand the “Any Circumstances” Test, NAELA Journal, Spring 2017
    Case Note: Daley v. Executive Office of Health and Human Services, NAELA Journal, Spring 2018
  • New/Transitioning Attorneys Section member
  • Massachusetts Chapter Board Member
"I’ve been so involved with members of the Massachusetts Chapter that I now consider many of them to be friends, and not just colleagues. I always feel comfortable calling or emailing with any questions or to just brainstorm ideas on how to tackle a complex Medicaid problem. I’m always amazed at how quick NAELA members are to volunteer information, experiences, and assistance to other members. For example, the national NAELA amicus team dropped everything to pull together a brief on two complex cases in a short time."
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