Loud & Clear: Family Conversations2022-02-17T08:40:51-05:00

Loud & Clear: Family Conversations is written by our member attorneys and guests for individuals with disabilities and their families. We tackle the day-to-day and long-range issues that affect the quality of life. Readers are welcome to comment on the discussion, though we can not answer legal questions here. For answers to specific legal questions, please find an attorney in our Directory.

SSDI Is Often a Lifeline

By Rebecca L. Berg, CELA Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program offering monthly cash payments and eventual Medicare coverage to individuals with long-term disabilities that prevent them [...]

September 2nd, 2014|Comments Off on SSDI Is Often a Lifeline

When People with Disabilities Divorce

By Barbara Hughes, Esq., and Edward V. Wilcenski, Esq. Studies indicate that divorce rates increase with the onset of a disability. While any divorce is likely to be disruptive, when [...]

August 5th, 2014|2 Comments

Getting Creative: Models for Filling the Housing Gap

By Mary O’Byrne, Esq., and Stephen W. Dale, Esq. Previous installments of this three-part series have examined the scope and causes of the housing crisis faced by people with disabilities, [...]

July 22nd, 2014|Comments Off on Getting Creative: Models for Filling the Housing Gap

When Parents Can’t Pay

On Paper, Filial Support Laws Hold Adult Children Accountable By Jason Frank, CELA, CAP, Fellow of NAELA It's no secret that long-term care is in crisis. Today, many nursing home [...]

July 17th, 2014|Comments Off on When Parents Can’t Pay

Trustees Should Use Professional Administration for MSAs Inside SNTs

By Douglas Shaw, COO, Medivest and Tom Matson, National Account Manager, Medivest An injury settlement of any variety can present a host of complex issues that the settling parties must take [...]

June 19th, 2014|Comments Off on Trustees Should Use Professional Administration for MSAs Inside SNTs

Attorneys Explain Interplay of SNTs and Medicare Set-Asides

Representing SNA at the recent annual conference of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP), Kristen L. Behrens, of the Begley Law Group, and Shannon A. Laymon-Pecoraro, of the [...]

May 21st, 2014|Comments Off on Attorneys Explain Interplay of SNTs and Medicare Set-Asides

The Affordable Care Act and Personal Injury Awards

SNA President Marielle F. Hazen, CELA recently spoke on the "Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on SNT and Settlement Planning" to an audience of 200 at the 2014 [...]

April 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on The Affordable Care Act and Personal Injury Awards

Understanding VA Disability Benefits

By Cindy S. Alvear, Esq. and Julian E. Gray, CELA Most people are aware, to some extent, that the Veterans Administration (VA) offers benefits for service-related disabilities. Many don't realize, [...]

April 10th, 2014|Comments Off on Understanding VA Disability Benefits

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