Certified Elder Care Attorney, Victoria Collier, shares news of the unanimous passage through the Senate of the 21st Century Cures Act which includes the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act and help for those with mental illness and drug addiction.
Decatur, GA, January 5, 2017: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Elder & Disability Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “The 21st Century Cures Act is Good News for Those With Special Needs.” Anyone who has lost someone to Alzheimer’s or Cancer or has someone they love with special needs will happy to hear the news Ms. Collier is spreading through her latest article.
Collier begins, “On Wednesday, December 7th, the Senate passed The 21st Century Cures Act, which includes the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act. Even better news is that President Obama has already stated his intent to sign the legislation.” She continues adding, “In fact, he said, “This bill will make a big difference, and I look forward to signing it as soon as it reaches my desk.”
According to Collier, “Once signed, what the Special Needs Trust means for people with disabilities who have capacity to act on their own behalf is that they can create their own special needs trusts. This eliminates the excessive and unwarranted legal difficulties for those individual who don’t have parents or grandparents.”
Collier provides a brief overview of the items being affected. She writes, “While the Special Needs Trust Act is included, the major thrust of the 21st Century Cures Act is to help speed up the cure for cancer as well as Alzheimer’s through making significant resources available for reforming the discovery, development and delivery of medicines and treatments.” She adds, “For those of us praying for cures for these diseases that have devastated so many lives and families, it will be good news to know that these new reforms include reducing regulatory red tape, breaking down barriers that restrict data sharing and speeding up clinical trials.” “Once something that is considered a potentially breakthrough device is discovered,” shares Collier, “the review of these devices will also be expedited and new technologies will be promoted.”
Collier proceeds with other inclusions in The 21st Century Cures Act. She says the Act is “bringing much needed reform to the issue of mental health and drug addiction.”
The entire article can be read at http://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/21st-century-cures-act-good-news-special-needs/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, P.C. to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. At The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, P.C. WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About The Elder & Disability Law Firm
The Elder & Disability Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of senior citizens when their healthcare needs increase. The Firm focuses its entire practice on Elder Law and Estate Planning matters, which encompasses the areas of Asset Protection, Medicaid Planning, VA Benefits planning, Estate and Special Needs Planning. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice through her personable nature and good management skills.