For Immediate Release
December 8, 2017        
Contact: Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager
       703-942-5711 #230

NAELA Fights to Save the Medical Expense Deduction
NAELA urges Congress to protect Americans who need care the most and keep the Senate provision on medical expense deductions.

Washington, DC — The Senate Republican tax bill keeps the medical expense tax deduction that helps millions of Americans with high medical costs. This deduction is especially important to people with disabilities and middle-income seniors. 
The House version of the bill repeals the medical expense deduction. All Americans who have high health care costs will face a serious risk of a big tax increase just because of their medical expenses.

NAELA President Hyman G. Darling, CELA, CAP, states that, “If Congress ends the medical expense deduction, many Americans paying for long-term services and supports (LTSS) will not be able to pay for both LTSS and federal income taxes at the same time.”

NAELA joined forces with AARP and other advocacy groups in a full-page ad in Politico that supports the medical expense deduction urging that the medical expense deduction provision be kept.

Read more about the medical expense deduction

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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