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New Web Site to Assist Borrowers with Student Loan Debt

The burden of student loan debt has been growing more unmanageable for social workers and students over the last several years. A recent survey by the Council on Social Work Education found that the average loan debt of social work students graduating in 2004 with a master’s degree in social work was $26,777. Those with bachelor’s degrees in social work ... Read More »

Hate Crime Legislative Update

Government Relations Update Hate Crime Legislative Update The Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (S.1105/H.R.1585), introduced by Senator Kennedy (D-MA) in the Senate and Representative Conyers (D-MI) in the House of Representatives, would strengthen existing federal hate crime laws in multiple ways. Foremost, the measure would eliminate a serious limitation on federal involvement under the ... Read More »

Rally for Children at South Carolina Debate – January 10 ,2008

NASW, in partnership with Every Child Matters, invites you to participate in a rally. Mark your calendars for January 10th! Join children and families from across the state in a rally at the Republican Debate in Myrtle Beach. Help us raise awareness of the problems our children face as we move towards the Every Child Matters sent all the candidates ... Read More »

Critical Medicare Social Work Provisions Reach Senate Finance Committee

ACTION NEEDED The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to begin consideration of Medicare legislation on Wednesday, December 5th.  It is very important that Finance Committee members hear now from social workers supporting three changes in Medicare law: Remove clinical social work (CSW) services from the Medicare skilled nursing facilities (SNF) consolidated payment system, permitting CSWs to bill Medicare separately, ... Read More »

Work on a Campaign

One of the best ways to get involved in public policy is to work for a campaign either as a volunteer or paid staff. You get to be involved on the ground floor and often can interact with staff at high levels. Many people who actively volunteer for a campaign can later be hired by the candidate once they reach ... Read More »

New Call Center for the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007

The U.S. Department of Education has created a new call center for borrowers to obtain information about the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 (H.R. 2669). The number for the Federal Student Aid Information Center is 1(800) 433-3243. The law forgives outstanding education debt for those persons that meet the eligibility requirements. Those that would benefit are employees that have ... Read More »

Support the Foster Care Medicaid Coverage Act of 2007!

BackgroundCongress is currently considering legislation to extend Medicaid coverage for youth who age out of foster care. The  Medicaid Foster Care Coverage Act of 2007 (H.R. 1376) will address ways to provide Medicaid coverage for youth who exit the foster care system without a permanent family unit. There are currently 25,000 youth aging out of the foster care system ... Read More »

NASW Political Action of Candidate Election

PACE exists for one reason: to elect candidates with strong records on the issues that matter most to social workers. Despite some recent progress, we as social workers see daily how our clients suffer from the government’s lack of support and funding for social programs. With your help, that can change in 2008. Many of you already provide support to ... Read More »

NASW Supports Platform for Divided We Fail Campaign

NASW has signed on to support the platform of Divided We Fail, a new coalition promoting access to health care and long-term financial stability for all Americans. AARP, Business Roundtable, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) formed the coalition in January 2007 “to amplify the message that obtaining health and long-term financial security is vital for all Americans,” the group’s ... Read More »

Support the Fully Inclusive Baldwin Amendment

Background On October 18th 2007, the House Committee on Education and Labor, by a vote of 27-21 passed the Employment Non Discrimination Act (H.R.3685). This historic legislation providing workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation has left committee and will likely face a floor vote this week. HR.3685 is identical to the long supported H.R.2015, with the notable exception ... Read More »