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ACTION ALERT: Call or Write Your Senators to Oppose Latest Version of Health Care Bill

Photo courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.

On Thursday, July 13, the Senate released a modified discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. Despite several changes to the original draft, the Senate’s latest iteration comes up woefully short, maintaining among other things, the devastating cuts to the Medicaid program that would leave millions of Americans without the coverage they count on for mental ... Read More »

New NASW President Kathryn Wehrmann to support push to modernize, improve services

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STATEMENT: Incoming National Association of Social Workers (NASW) President Kathryn Wehrmann will continue to support the association’s ongoing initiative to modernize and improve services, intensify advocacy at the state and local level, and recruit more social workers and social work students. “At this time in our nation’s history social work is more important than ever,” said Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LSW, LCSW. ... Read More »

NASW Maine Chapter joins state organizations to urge Sen. Collins to reject Medicaid cuts

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Dear Senator Collins, We are writing to share our views regarding the ongoing debate over repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. We appreciate the thoughtful attention you have given this issue and thank you for your careful examination of various proposals being considered.  We understand that the Senate is not likely to bring the House’s  American Health Care ... Read More »

Join NASW to urge Senate not pass legislation to repeal major portions of Affordable Care Act

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The Senate is poised to consider health care legislation before the July 4th Congressional Recess, which will repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. Like the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), the Senate version, being drafted behind closed doors, expects to undermine vital protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, eliminate essential health benefits, increase premiums, cut Medicaid, ... Read More »

Statement: President Trump’s full budget request would “shred” nation’s social safety net

President Donald Trump discusses the federal budget in the White House on February 22. Photo courtesy of Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The full fiscal year 2018 budget request released by President Trump would shred this nation’s social safety net, prompting the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to call on Congress to stand up for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and reject it. It has often been said that a presidential budget is a statement of values. If that ... Read More »

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

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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 »