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News from the Hill – November 2011

  NASW Submits Comments Regarding EHB Package On October 26, NASW submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding NASW’s recommendations to the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Package.  In our comments, NASW states that the EHB package will set a national standard for high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care coverage for the country.   The following ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act Upheld

On November 9, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. The ruling stated that the individual insurance mandate in the law is valid and within Congress’ Constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It is the fifth time the law was upheld. To read more, go to:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/health/policy/appeals-court-upholds-health-care-law.html While two courts ... Read More »

EHB Listening Sessions Hosted By HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting regional listening sessions regarding essential health benefits. You are invited to attend the sessions. HHS is committed to receiving broad public input on essential health benefits from all stakeholders. Senior HHS officials will be in attendance to listen to stakeholder feedback. Please see below for the table for further details. ... Read More »

Cutting Poverty in Half in Ten Years

NASW attended a briefing in which the newly released report by the Half in Ten Campaign was discussed. The Campaign has a goal of reducing poverty by half over ten years. They are using 2010 as the baseline for this effort. The report connects information on the number of people struggling to move out of poverty with the levers to ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act 101

A Conference Call Series Discussing the Benefits and Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Hosted By the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for  Faith and Community Leaders  Please RSVP by choosing from the dates below. Nov. 1 at 12:30 pm ET Nov. 8 at 3:00 pm ET (With special focus on the Affordable Care Act and Behavioral Health) ... Read More »

White House Immigration Action Update

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Friends: We hope that your fall season has gotten off to a good start! This edition of our Immigration Action Update includes a blog post from Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House Cecilia Muñoz as well as recent announcements made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Citizenship ... Read More »

Watch Live Online: All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families

Please join the Center for American Progress, the Family Equality Council, and the Movement Advancement Project for a special presentation: All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families October 25, 2011, 10:00am – 12:00pm Introduction: Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress Opening remarks: Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland (D) ... Read More »

HHS Halts CLASS Act

On Friday, October 15, the Obama administration decided to halt plans to implement the long-term care program created by the 2010 health care law after determining that financing plans were not sufficient.  For more information, please click here. Read More »

HHS announces record number of National Health Service Corps members

On October 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the number of participants in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has nearly tripled to more than 10,000 National Corps members nationwide. Established in 1972, the National Health Service Corps, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has provided health care ... Read More »

Reject Cuts to Medicaid

Join Families USA in urging Members on the Super Committee to reject any cuts to Medicaid as they consider how to reduce the nation’s deficit. Please feel free to use and share the toll-free number:  1-866-922-4970. The number will connect to the Capitol Switchboard.   Families USA Talking Points: Medicaid, Deficit Reduction and the “Super Committee”.  Also read NASW’s letter ... Read More »