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Medicare Fee Schedule Update

Clinical social workers that participate in Medicare Part B will have their payment rates protected against a large cut provided the Senate acts favorably on the “Medicare Physician Fairness Act of 2009” (S. 1776). This legislation would permanently repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that determines future payment rates in Medicare and TRICARE. The SGR formula is frequently inappropriately ... Read More »

Stand Up and Take Action to End Poverty on October 16-18th

On these days, millions of people all around the world will take part in a united action of standing up in support of the end of poverty and the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals. Social workers can play a key role on this day, as they do every day fighting against poverty in the U.S. and around the globe. ... Read More »

Court Victory in Montana: Kulstad v. Maniaci

The Montana Supreme Court issued an opinion earlier this week in a case where NASW earlier filed an amicus brief.  The case concerned the parenting rights of individuals in same-sex relationships.  NASW had filed an amicus brief supporting recognition of the parent- child attachment between the non-biological mother and the two children she had raised jointly with her partner of ... Read More »

NASW Advocacy – News from the Hill Sept 2009

Video: Can We Live up to the Social Work Legacy? Please take a moment to view a video NASW just recorded for you regarding the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 795/ S.686. This legislation is a first step to address serious workforce challenges such as low salaries, high educational debt, and safety ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – October 13, 2009

In an effort to keep you informed of the work NASW is doing on health care reform, we will periodically send out a roundup of activities. For ongoing information, please visit our health care reform page. Congress Advances Health Care Reform Congress made major progress last week on health reform legislation. House leaders continued to negotiate merging three somewhat different ... Read More »

African-American and Latino Organizations Join Forces to Push for Health Care Reform

On October 5, the country’s largest African-American and Latino organizations announced they are joining forces with other major national civil rights and grassroots organizations to mobilize the nation’s 100 million people of color for a final push in support of universal health care reform.  The organizations included the NAACP National Voter Fund, the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership ... Read More »

Congress Reconsiders Anti-Trust Exemption for Health Insurance Industry

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing entitled, “Prohibiting Price Fixing and Other Anticompetitive Conduct in the Health Insurance Industry” scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2009. The hearing concerns identical new bills (S. 1681 and H.R. 3596) that NASW is watching. The legislation would eliminate a long-standing federal law that excludes the insurance industry from federal anti-trust regulation. Under ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – October 6, 2009

Health Care Reform Legislation This week Congress is continuing to make steady progress writing health reform legislation. House Democratic leaders have nearly finished negotiating the merger of three somewhat different committee versions of their bill, H.R. 3200. Their final version will go to the House floor for consideration later in October. The revised language for H.R. 3200 could be released ... Read More »

Women, Money and Power Summit

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH Executive Director NASW is pleased to be a co-sponsor of “The Women, Money and Power Summit” being held in Washington, DC this week. Organized by The Feminist Majority and the YWCA, the meeting is bringing together women’s groups, social justice advocacy groups, elected officials, and Hollywood celebrities to develop strategies around various issues that ... Read More »

Celebration of Women Appointees of the Obama Administration

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH Executive Director NASW was a proud co-sponsor of the celebration of Women Appointees of the Obama Administration. Sponsored by the Coalition for Women’s Appointments (of which NASW is a member), the event, held on September 29, was appropriately held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Irene Natividad, Chair ... Read More »