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What social workers need to know about proposals to limit Medicaid Benefits

Photo courtesy of Kaiser Health News.

The Republican Party has proposed reducing Medicaid spending through block grants or per capita grants. The National Association of Social Workers is against such a plan because reducing Medicaid services would harm a critical benefit to women, vulnerable populations and those living with chronic physical and mental health conditions. To learn more about this issue and how you can get ... Read More »

NASW: Trump budget would harm well-being of all Americans

President Trump. Photo courtesy of the Star Tribune.

President Trump’s newly released a FY 2018 budget that would greatly harm a wide and diverse range of America’s most vulnerable citizens. Most of those negatively impacted by the 2018 budget proposal are those who have already been excluded from the growth in jobs and improvements in our economy since the Recession of 2008 . The National Association of Social Workers ... Read More »

NASW Statement: We must remain vigilant to protect Affordable Care Act

Photo courtesy of Salon.com.

The  leadership of the House of Representatives on March 23 cancelled a vote on the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). Our collective voice through National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members, NASW chapters, NASW National office, and many other national organizations was heard and it made a difference.  This means that those who rely on the Medicaid safety net ... Read More »

NASW urges House Members to Oppose American Health Care Act, urges social worker to take action to stop bill

Protest in California to preserve the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Times.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly urges members of the House of Representatives to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it is currently written. There are numerous reasons for our opposition outlined below, but notably we are wary of the bills provision for guaranteed “universal access” to health care and coverage. As defined in this legislation, ... Read More »

Training Broadens Social Work Fellow’s Understanding of Political Process

Janeen Cross

By Janeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBA, LCSW NASW Foundation Social Work HEALS Policy Fellow As the inaugural NASW Foundation Social Work HEALS Policy Fellow, I had the privilege of attending the 2016-2017 American Political Science Association (APSA), Congressional Fellowship Program (CFP) in November 2016.  This prestigious month-long program brings together policy fellows from diverse disciplines such as political science, social ... Read More »

NASW withholds support of Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Judge Neil Gorsuch. Photo courtesy of Slate.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is withholding support for the Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Although Judge Gorsuch’s judicial record is relatively sparse as it relates to the foremost issues of the day there are indications his judicial philosophy may conflict with social work values. President Trump on Jan. 31 ... Read More »

Social Work Organizations Oppose Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act

People rally to protest possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy of Time.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) transformed our health care system and extended health insurance coverage to over 20 million individuals. Steps are in place to undo the progress we have made. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) oppose efforts to fully repeal the ACA which will ... Read More »

NASW withholds support for Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos. Photo courtesy of Newsday.

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) chooses not to support the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos to become U.S. Secretary of Education. The overarching reasons for our position are that DeVos is woefully inexperienced in managing a major federal agency, appears to have very limited knowledge of federal and state government public education policies and regulations, and ... Read More »