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NASW Maine calls for more health care coverage, addiction treatment during Health Secretary’s visit

Tom Price, Paul LePage, Kellyanne Conway

The National Association of Social Workers Maine Chapter (NASW) is pleased that the Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price came to Maine today to become more aware of the opioid epidemic in our state and to learn about our mental health care needs. We are currently struggling with a record number of deaths from overdoses this past year. However, ... Read More »

Statement: NASW strongly opposes legislation to repeal Affordable Care Act

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan presents the first version of the American Health Care Act. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act because it would have a devastating impact on the health of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and make it more difficult to provide affordable health care for poor and low-income Americans. The House today narrowly passed a revised version of the American Health Care ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief examines Trump immigration policy, sanctuary cities and child welfare

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The Trump AdminThe Trump Administration policy of deporting large numbers of immigrants who are in the United States illegally is having a significant impact on the social work profession. Staff from the National Association of Social Workers Arizona, California, New Mexico, New York City, Texas and National Office Social Justice and Human Rights department prepared a Social Justice Brief that looks at ... Read More »

Let Congress know you oppose revised American Health Care Act!

Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Let your Representatives in Congress know that you oppose measures to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections.  The House GOP leadership has proposed allowing states the right to raise costs of health care and limit service offerings.  The revised GOP American Health Care Act (AHCA) repeal bill called the MacArthur Amendment would permit states to: Discriminate against older adults ... Read More »

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 »