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Conference Call with Secretary Sebelius and the Launch of CuidadoDeSalud.gov

Friends: Yesterday, we launched www.cuidadodesalud.gov, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage.   President Obama wrote an op-ed in La Opinion and El Diario La Prensa today that highlights the website and the ... Read More »

News from the Hill – August 2010, Second Edition

Political Action for Candidate Election In our last message, we alerted you to the first round of endorsements issued by the PACE Board of Trustees (members only).  In late August we issued more, and then round out the endorsements in late September (after all primaries have been completed). On one hand, endorsements indicate support from PACE as well as the ... Read More »

From Suffrage to CEDAW – Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Happy Birthday 19th Amendment! Believe it or not, it’s only been 90 years since the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote in our democracy was made part of the Constitution. Since 1971, we’ve celebrated the anniversary of August 26, 1920, as Women’s Equality Day. One great way to celebrate would be to make sure that every eligible woman ... Read More »

NASW Seeks Reconsideration of Decision to Deny Some Gulf Claims

Kenneth Feinberg, Administrator of the Independent Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), which will adjudicate claims for individuals and businesses experiencing health and economic losses due to the Gulf Coast oil spill, stated last month at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that he would likely not compensate individuals for mental illnesses that result from the disaster. NASW has written Mr. Feinberg ... Read More »

Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform Campaign Begins

The Affordable Care Act contains many provisions that strengthen the Medicare program. However, polling data recently released by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the lives of older Americans, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, reveal that many seniors are still confused by the new law, including the ... Read More »

News from the Hill – July 2010, Second Edition

Political Climate We’re approaching a crucial time in any election cycle: the deadline for federal candidates to report their second quarter fundraising figures.  By July 15, everyone running for Congress must tell the Federal Elections Commission how much they’ve raised through June 30. This is important for a few reasons.  For one, we’ll know how much money individuals have raised ... Read More »

VA Eases Veterans’ Burden of Proving PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is generally considered the signature wound of the last several years of warfare.  However, PTSD has only been an official diagnosis since the 1980’s, and even today many veterans suffering from PTSD have a difficult time proving that they’re coping with this disorder.   That’s why NASW is so pleased to see the Department of ... Read More »

News from the Hill – July 2010

Political Climate Although it may feel like November’s election is off in the distance, there are actually very few legislative days left for Members of Congress.  For one thing, the House and Senate will go into recess around holidays, such as the Fourth of July.  Secondly, Congress will leave for good well in advance of the election in order to ... Read More »

Secretary Sebelius Talks about Women’s Health

NASW attended the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPW) annual luncheon on June 24.  NASW has been a luncheon sponsor for the past five years.   The keynote speaker for this year’s event was Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.  She spoke about how the Affordable Care Act will benefit women.   Secretary Sebelius stated ... Read More »

DOL Clarifies Meaning of “in loco parentis” in the FMLA

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new Administrator Interpretation on the meaning of “in loco parentis” in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The interpretation makes clear that a person who steps in to parent a child qualifies for FMLA leave under the provision of the Act that provides leave for those who act in loco parentis. Examples ... Read More »