NAELA was founded on the belief that it could do well by doing good. Through its advocacy efforts, NAELA has a voice in shaping national and federal public policies that affect members' practices and the well-being of their clients.
Congressional Action on NAELA’s Special Needs Trust Fairness Act
House Energy and Commerce Committee staff who work for Rep. Henry Waxman (ranking member of the committee) have agreed to request a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score for the SNT Fairness Act (H.R. 2123). It is important to obtain a CBO score to show that there is no cost to the bill.
NAELA needs your help to support Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and member of the Senate Finance Committee, as he prepares to introduce the Senate version of H.R. 2123, Special Needs Trust Fairness Act of 2013. Please ask your senators to be original cosponsors of the bill. In addition, ask your representative to cosponsor H.R. 2123, the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, which was introduced by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R, PA-5th) on May 23, 2013.
Use the Advocacy Action Center on the NAELA website to access letters, talking points, and background information and to identify your legislators.
NAELA Supports Disability Treaty
More than 700 disability community leaders are pushing for the Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Last year, the disability treaty was defeated by five votes in the Senate.
NAELA supports the ratification of the CRPD because it protects the rights of people with disabilities. If you are interested in helping the cause, please sign and distribute the petition for ratification. Tweet your senators using the following the hashtags: #isupportcrpd, #crpd, #disabilitiestreaty.
Latest on OAA: Fall Mark-Up
A markup of S. 1562, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, is scheduled for Oct. 30. Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA, Chair of the HELP Committee), Lamar Alexander (R-TN, Ranking Member of the HELP Committee) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT, Chair of the Help Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging) introduced S. 1562 on Sept. 30. The bipartisan bill contains provisions that strengthen the long-term care ombudsman program and current elder abuse prevention and screening efforts. Read the bill, the bill summary, and learn more about the OAA.
NAELA and LCAO Speak Out for Seniors During Shutdown
NAELA and the LCAO submitted a letter urging congressional leaders to act swiftly to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling. Payments to Medicare, Social Security, and veteran beneficiaries were in jeopardy. Read the letter NAELA and LCAO sent to Congress.
ACA and Medicare Open Season
Both the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare are open for enrollment. Your clients may be confused about Medicare and the Marketplace. Learn more using the CMS Open Enrollment Center and NCOA "What You Need to Know." Read more about Medicare and the Marketplace from AARP and NCOA.
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