Advocacy

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 »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – September 23, 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. 5 Things to Do For Health Care Reform Attend a Town Hall Meeting in your area and discuss what you would like to see in health care reform. Contact your members of Congress about ... Read More »

Vote Yes for the Student Aid Bill

Call your Representative NOW! This week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R.  3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, also referred to as the “Student Aid Bill”, which passed out of committee in late July by a vote of 30-17. Some experts contend that H.R. 3221 is historically the single largest investment in higher ... Read More »

White House Event on Women, Families and Healthcare Reform

NASW Executive Director, Elizabeth J Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH I attended an event at the White House this morning, September 18, 2009, with First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls Tina Tchen. The focus of this meeting was to discuss ... Read More »

NASW Practice Alert: Advocating for Change in Home Health Care

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT September 2009 NASW would like to hear from clinical social workers and others who have encountered problems in providing mental health services to Medicare beneficiaries who are actively receiving home health care services under Medicare Part A. The association is also seeking information about the impact of situations in which Medicare beneficiaries receiving home care ... Read More »

Meeting with a Congressional Social Work Advocate

Betsy Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH Executive Director Yesterday I had the nice opportunity to meet informally with Congressman Ed Towns (D-NY) and three of his staff members. Congressman Towns is the lead sponsor of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. He is also a staunch advocate for our profession, as he began his ... Read More »