HHS Report: 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage without New Health Reform Law

On January 18, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a new analysis showing that, without the Affordable Care Act, up to 129 million non-elderly Americans who have some type of pre-existing health condition would be at risk of losing health insurance when they need it most, or be denied coverage altogether.   Repealing the law would once again leave ... Read More »

NASW Opposes Repeal of Health Care Law

NASW strongly supports the new federal health care reform law (PPACA) because it makes vital improvements in health care access, quality and services for millions of Americans with health and behavioral needs. The Association called on congressional leaders to not repeal the new law because it is vital to advance the health and behavioral needs of the nation. Read NASW’s ... Read More »

Washington Post article on the 25 year U.S. Senate tenure of social worker Sen. Barbara Mikulski

The Washington Post featured an article regarding the 25 year U.S. Senate tenure of social worker Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).  Sen. Mikulski has been a great champion of both social workers and our clients, and NASW is thrilled to see this recognition of her work. From the article:  “Maybe it’s because she’s a social worker, maybe because she’s a woman ... Read More »

Must Watch: President Obama’s DREAM Answer

Thursday, December 23, 2010 Friends – As we close 2010, I wanted to take a few moments to look back at the last 12 months of what we have accomplished – we began a robust implementation of health insurance reform; we ended combat operations in Iraq; we passed a landmark Wall Street Reform bill that will hold Wall Street accoundtable and ... Read More »

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy Repealed

NASW has long urged Congress to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, as we’ve noted in previous blog updates.  We are pleased to note that Congress passed a bill to end the 17-year old policy on Saturday, December 18.  NASW greatly appreciates everything our members did to support these efforts, such as responding to an action alert we ... Read More »

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Efforts Moving Forward

House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) have introduced a bill seeking to end the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.  The bill’s language is similar to the DADT repeal that was stripped out of the National Defense Authorization Act earlier this year.  A vote is expected to occur on Wednesday, and we will ... Read More »

News from the Hill – December 2010

Due to the holidays and the anticipated adjournment of Congress, News from the Hill will publish only one edition in December. Congress Approves CAPTA Reauthorization Bill The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act of 2010, S. 3817, passed the final legislative hurdle on December 10 when the Senate, by unanimous consent, agreed to the few minor amendments ... Read More »

White House: Statement by the President on the House Voting to Approve the DREAM Act

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2010 Statement by the President on the House Voting to Approve the DREAM Act I congratulate the House of Representatives, Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Berman, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other congressional leaders for taking the historic step of passing the DREAM Act today with a bipartisan vote. ... Read More »