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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 »

Video: Can We Live Up to the Social Work Legacy?

Dear Colleagues, As an early career social worker, I’ve quickly realized that we have a lot of work to accomplish to ensure that our profession survives and thrives and that we can continue to care for the millions of clients who need our services every single day.  Many of my peers have found that low salaries, high educational debt, or ... Read More »

Health Care Reform: Support the Public Plan Option

Background According to many health economists, a public plan option in health reform would compete with private insurance plans and help make health care affordable for consumers and employers.  It would also function without the high administrative costs of for-profit insurers, and it would have the power to negotiate volume discounts and bargain with providers, forcing private insurers to deliver ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Senator Edward Kennedy’s Death

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is deeply saddened by the death of United States Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), who after a year-long battle with brain cancer, died this week. Sen. Kennedy has been a champion for many social policies of significance to social workers and their clients throughout his tenure in the Senate of more than 40 years. ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – August 21, 2009

August Recess We will be taking a break from the Health Care Reform Roundup while Congress is in recess (through September 7). We still encourage you to attend Town Hall Meetings throughout the month of August and write to your members of Congress about health care reform. We are sending announcements to Advocacy Listserv members when we hear of a ... Read More »

News from the Hill – August 2009

Congress at home for August Recess Members of Congress are in their home districts for the August recess through September 7. Sonia Sotomayor wins Senate Confirmation to the Supreme Court and is Sworn in On August 6, Sonia Sotomayor won Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, making her the 111th Supreme Court Justice and the third woman Justice. She is ... Read More »

Health Care Reform and Older Adults

On Friday, August 14, NASW was invited to the White House for a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss health care/insurance reform and aging issues.  The roundtable discussion was facilitated by Nancy-Ann DeParle, Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform; and Tina Tchen, Director of White House Office of Public Engagement. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser ... Read More »

Reality Check: Status of Health Care Reform

On Friday, August 14, NASW participated in a conference call with the White House to discuss the current status of the health care reform/insurance debate, messaging and strategy.  The White House also announced its new webpage, www.whitehouse.gov/RealityCheck to help separate fact from fiction about health insurance reform.  The conference call speakers included Tina Tchen, Director of the White House Office ... Read More »