Advocacy

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 »

Educational Debt Advocacy: A Student’s Path to the White House

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an event at the White House to see President Obama make a statement about student loan debt.  My invitation to the White House occurred because I reached out to the organization, Campus Progress, and volunteered to work at their Student Debt Day.  By volunteering, I was given the opportunity, along with other student ... Read More »

NASW’s Betsy Clark Answers ACA Decision Questions

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH is CEO of the National Association of Social Workers Q: The ACA was upheld, but experts predict an avalanche of new enrollees in 2014, which will overwhelm our health care system. What should be done? Dr. Clark: Between 30-40 million new enrollees means that, among other issues, we need to think about using health ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Affordable Care Act

Social Workers Believe Law Can Improve the Lives of Uninsured Populations WASHINGTON, DC (June 28, 2012) The National Association of Social Workers today celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).   NASW has been an outspoken advocate for improving health care access, quality, and services for millions of Americans not currently ... Read More »

Supreme Court Rules on Arizona Immigration Law

Two major policy and legal decisions on immigration in the United States have been issued in the past two weeks. The first was the June 15 Obama administration’s policy directive to stop deportations of many children and young adults of undocumented parents. The second was the June 25 Supreme Court decision which effectively struck down much of the state of ... Read More »

Do “Adoption from Foster Care” PSAs Create Action?

Do “Adoption from Foster Care” PSAs Create Action?  “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.”  You may be familiar with this public service campaign promoting adoption from foster care, which was produced by The Advertising Council, the leading producer of public service campaigns in the country. The Council is looking for individuals who will share compelling ... Read More »

NASW supports ACA provision for contraceptive coverage requirement for all non-church employers

NASW has submitted comments to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), urging DHHS to require all non-church health insurance providers and organizations to provide contraception without charging a co-payment, in accordance with regulations stipulated in the Affordable Care Act of 2010.  As per the letter from NASW Executive Director, Betsy Clark, “social workers have ... Read More »

White House Announces Significant Change in Immigration Policy

President Obama announced important news on the issue of immigration about which the social justice and human rights community, including NASW, is excited. As reported today by most major media outlets: “The Obama administration announced on Friday that it would no longer seek the deportation of most young illegal immigrants, a significant policy shift with potentially major electoral implications. The ... Read More »