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Advocacy

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

News

Nursing Home Compare Now Warns Consumers About Abuse Violations

12/5/2019|  Story

CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website has begun indicating when nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations, and while the move has been applauded by consumer advocates, some in the nursing home industry say the alerts are misleading.
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Paving the Way for Physicians With Disabilities

12/4/2019|  Story

Students and residents with disabilities have an important role to play in health care. An AAMC report outlines promising practices for medical schools and teaching hospitals to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment.
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Could Social Security's Full Retirement Age Rise Again?

12/3/2019|  Story

Social Security, a program instrumental in keeping millions of retired workers afloat, faces a funding shortfall that, if left unaddressed, could result in a major reduction in retirement benefits across the board.
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Medicare Drug Plan Glitch Could Cost You Money: What You Need to Know

12/2/2019|  Story

A glitch in Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts.
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Veterans Can Now Learn About Their Toxic Exposure Risks with New VA App

11/26/2019|  Story

For veterans who think they were exposed to toxic substances during their service, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a mobile application that will help them answer questions about what this potential exposure means for their long-term health.
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Updates

Upcoming National Law Conference Focuses on Seniors and People with Special Needs - 2019 Summit
11/11/2019  Press Release
The NAELA Summit will be held November 14-16, 2019, at the Capitol Hilton. Hosted by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), this event for elder and special needs law attorneys will engage attendees beyond a lecture by offering discussi
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NAELA Pays Tribute on Veterans Day
11/7/2019  Press Release
Association for Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Observes National Holiday Recognizing Veterans for Their Service
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NAELA Celebrates Residents’ Rights Month in October
10/11/2019  Press Release
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care designated October as Residents’ Rights Month to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities.
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NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October 2019
10/2/2019  Press Release
NAELA established October as National Special Needs Law Month as a grassroots effort to help people with disabilities and their families understand special needs planning and the resources available to them.
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NAELA Advocacy Alert - SSA POMS Update
9/19/2019  Newsletter
On June 25, 2019, SSA issued a new POMS on fee approvals, which in the examples provided by SSA, states that preparation/advising of certain trusts by attorneys for individuals who are now receiving, or may in the future receive SSI, requires fee app
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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. 



Molly M. Wood, Lawrence, K.S.

  • NAELA Litigation Committee Vice Chair
  • Former NAELA Board Nominating Committee Member
  • Kansas Chapter Past President and 2010 Outstanding Chapter Member
"I’ve really enjoyed service on the Litigation Committee because it’s kept me up-to-date on what’s happening nationally, and I’ve benefitted from the collective wisdom of our most experienced, successful member-litigators. The Kansas Chapter is most frequently helpful to me. We’re small enough to be able to make human-scale connections; we often meet face-to-face and have lively, and very useful, listserv exchanges. We seem to be growing a new crop of elder law attorneys serving Kansas via our chapter. Plus, we’re all so busy – Kansas is a disproportionately elderly state and because we’re a rural state, there are not a lot of strictly elder law practitioners – we don’t get too caught up in competition. Big thanks to 'Big NAELA' for its support."

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