Advocacy

Know Your Voting Rights

NASW has been vocal on the issue of voting rights. We encourage social workers to understand their own rights and those of their clients. Voter suppression efforts across the country have resulted in intimidation and confusion about who can vote and what identification they need to bring with them on Tuesday, November 6. Further, individuals in the states affected by ... Read More »

October 11, 2012 National Coming Out Day

Every day, social workers  are  actively working to promote LGBT equity.  NASW and its chapters participate in coalition with other human rights, social action, and professional associations to advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.  National Coming Out Day provides an opportunity to learn more about the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities. Discrimination and ... Read More »

Help Establish the National Women’s History Museum

The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) has created a petition asking Congress to allow them to build on the National Mall. Established in 1996, NWHM has not been able to establish a permanent physical site— to some extent due to Congressional inaction. NWHM has been petitioning for the right to build on the Mall since 2003, and with only one ... Read More »

NASW Supports Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilites

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined with the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) in sending a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for their support of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international ... Read More »

Enthusiasm for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program tempered by Administration announcement of prohibition on affordable health coverage

NASW, along with other advocacy organizations, recently signed a letter expressing disappointment with the recent announcement by the Obama Administration to exclude young people approved for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from receiving benefits through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and to prevent children and pregnant women approved for DACA from enrolling in Medicaid and the ... Read More »

The Countdown Is On: Help People Switch Now to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments

The Countdown Is On: Help People Switch Now to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments   Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service Everyone who receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income or other federal benefit payments by paper check is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013. This move ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act Provides Additional Preventive Care Benefits for Women

Beginning August 1, 47 million women in the U.S. have access to eight new prevention-related health care services, with no cost-sharing.  The Affordable Care Act, requires that coverage of these services take effect at the next renewal date – on or after Aug. 1, 2012—for most health insurance plans. Previously, some insurance companies did not cover these preventive services for ... Read More »

NASW Still Supports Passage of Violence Against Women Act

In May, we updated you on the Senate’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Now, there is a possibility of the bill failing if the House and Senate are unable to reconcile differences between their two bills.  The House bill excludes members of the LGBT community and reduces protections for Native American women as well as immigrants.  It ... Read More »