June 11, 2021 
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NAELA Announces Winner of National Writing Award
University of Connecticut Professor Receives John J. Regan Writing Award

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) proudly announces that University of Connecticut Assistant Professor In-Residence Terry Berthelot, MSW, JD, is the recipients of the 2021 John J. Regan Writing Award for her article, “Medicare Appeal Navigation,” published in the Spring 2020 NAELA Journal. (View HTML and PDF versions of the article.

Watch the Regan Award video.

In making the selection, the NAELA Journal editorial board members note that the article is well-written and brings to light some of the core struggles NAELA members have as elder law practitioners. The discussion of how the current Medicare regulations arose provides insight into a system that attorneys encounter every day in their practice. The further discussion of identifying which kind of appeal rights may be exercised exemplifies why practitioners turn to NAELA. The members of the editorial board know that elder and special needs law attorneys benefit greatly from articles like this one and are honored to have published this article in NAELA Journal.

The Regan Writing Award was established in 1996 in memory of John J. Regan — a long-time NAELA member and Fellow, and a pioneer in elder law — and is meant to encourage quality submissions to NAELA Journal from NAELA members and non-members.

NAELA Journal is a publication of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. It covers substantive elder and special needs law topics including preservation of assets, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, disability, health insurance, tax planning, conservatorships, living trusts and wills, long-term care planning, housing and nursing home issues, elder abuse, fraud recovers, age discrimination, and retirement.

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 to 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 NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.

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