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House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing Addresses Wide Range of Issues

On Tuesday, May 21, the Health Subcommittee of the House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on a wide range of issues.  One area covered was The Veterans Integrated Mental Health Care Act of 2013.  This bill would offer more coordinated care, particularly for Veterans in rural areas.  This bill, along with The Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act of 2013, ... Read More »

The Equal Rights Amendment: Still a Possibility

Some of you may think of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as being from a bygone age. But in fact, potential realization of the ERA is very much alive. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) plan to introduce a resolution on Thursday, May 9 that would eliminate the 1982 deadline originally established to ratify the Act. At ... Read More »

NASW Co-hosts Congressional Briefing on the Rights of Parents with Disabilities

On April 17, 2013 NASW co-hosted a Congressional briefing with the National Council on Disabilities (NCD), American Psychological Association (APA), and Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) titled, Rocking the Cradle: Protecting the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children. The briefing focused on the barriers persons with disabilities experience when they exercise their fundamental right to create and ... Read More »

NASW Calls on Boy Scouts of America to End All Discrimination

In April, NASW sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America to end  their decades long policy of excluding openly gay scouts and leaders in their organization. On April 19, BSA announced publicly that the proposal to be considered by the Boy Scouts National Council this May recommends removing the ban on gay scouts, but upholding restrictions against openly ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates Equal Pay Day

Today, April 9, is Equal Pay Day. While some steps have been taken to diminish wage discrimination, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Act of 2009, women still only earn less than 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. The White House has long been aware of the significance of this day. President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in ... Read More »

NASW Applauds Appointment of Julia Pierson as Secret Service Director

NASW applauds President Obama for appointing Julia Pierson as Director of the United States Secret Service (USSS). This is a milestone for women and the USSS as Ms. Person is the first woman in the agency’s nearly 150 year history to hold the top leadership position. In January, NASW expressed concern with the change in direction the President was taking ... Read More »

Third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Saturday, March 23 is a day worth recognizing.  It’s the 3rd anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Since 2010, the Affordable Care Act has provided millions of Americans with greater consumer protections, with expanded coverage, and with more value for their health care dollars. For example: Young adults under the age of 26 can now stay on ... Read More »

Social Work Input Needed on Mental Health Parity Violations

We are asking for your help to make compliance with the federal parity law a reality. Although the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) was enacted over four years ago, the final federal rule implementing the law has not been issued.  Although it has promised a final MHPAEA rule by the end of the year, the ... Read More »

Violence Against Women Act Must Move Forward

On February 12, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a comfortable 78-22 margin.  The bill included comprehensive protections for Native American women, women in same-sex marriages, and illegal immigrants, features not included in the 2012 House version of the bill. Now, we are urging the House of Representatives to pass the same version of VAWA ... Read More »

NASW Applauds Pentagon Support for Same Sex Couples

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the decision of the Department of Defense to extend certain benefits to same-sex couples.  These benefits will include hospital visitation rights, life insurance survivor benefits, and the issue of a military dependent ID card.  The military ID card allows unescorted access on base, allows use of military family resources (such as the ... Read More »