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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

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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 »

NASW STATEMENT: President Trump’s immigration executive order is inhumane, de facto ban on Muslim immigrants

A woman protests President Trump's immigration executive order outside San Francisco International Airport. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) opposes President Donald Trump’s executive order Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States over concerns the order acts as a de facto ban on Muslim immigrants and was enacted in an inhumane and insensitive manner. Trump’s executive order, which was announced on Jan. 27, requires the government to ... Read More »

Women’s March on Washington Recollections

Photo by Dina Kastner

National Association of  Social Workers Senior Field Organizer Dina Kastner, MSS, MLSP, helped bring hundreds of NASW members to Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. She decided to write about her experiences: On Saturday, January 21, 2017, millions of women, men and children joined marches across the world as part of the Women’s March on ... Read More »

Government Relations Action Alert: Contact Your Members of Congress today about the Affordable Care Act!

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has extended health insurance coverage and health services to millions of Americans is at risk.  In the second week of January, Congress passed a budget resolution and began the process to repeal the ACA without any replacement plan.  President Trump then signed an executive order on his first day in office ... Read More »