College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 FAQ

When will this legislation become effective? Most of the changes will take effect October 1, 2007. Who is eligible for the loan forgiveness portion of the legislation? You must be working full-time in a public service job to include: Emergency management Government Military service Public safety Law enforcement Public health Public education (including early childhood education) Social work in a ... Read More »

Victory for the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative: Loan Forgiveness for Social Workers in the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007!

NASW has been working to secure student loan forgiveness legislation for social workers for many years. Thanks to grassroots member advocacy and the work of NASW lobbyists, a major victory has been scored in support for students and social workers nationwide: On September 7,  2007, Congress passed H.R. 2669, “The College Cost Reduction Act of 2007” which amounts to ... Read More »

Restore Democracy in our Nation’s Capital

Overview On April 19, 2007 the D.C. Voting Rights Act (H.R.1905) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 241-177. This is the first time in a generation that the House has passed a bill that works toward bringing voting representation to the 550,000 Americans living in our Nation’s Capital. Meanwhile, on May 1, 2007 Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) ... Read More »

NASW Co-Signs Letter on HEA

There is a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act now before a committee of senators and congressman. They are negotiating the differences between the House version and Senate version. The House version would provide up to $5,000 in college loan forgiveness for up to five years of work in the child welfare field. NASW recently cosigned the letter below ... Read More »

Get Loan Forgiveness for Social Workers in the Head Start Bill!

On June 19, 2007, the U.S. Senate approved its version of the Head Start for School Readiness Act. This bill reauthorizes the Head Start Act and expands access to the Head Start program through increased appropriation levels. This program, which provides assistance to low-income children and families, has been an important part of America’s effort to promote school readiness and ... Read More »

Lobby Senate on Medicare SWRI Agenda

Congratulations to NASW’s Advocacy Network, on August 1, 2007 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a key component of NASW’s SWRI agenda, the Clinical Social Work Medicare Equity Act along with an across the board 5% increase in CSW payments under Medicare Part B. Your advocacy was a huge help! ACTION REQUESTED The House and Senate will return next week ... Read More »

Support Loan Forgiveness Provisions for Child Welfare Workers

The House and Senate have both passed higher education student loan bills that include language on loan forgiveness for child welfare workers. There is an important difference between these two bills in the loan forgiveness section. Both bills provide long term loan forgiveness for public service employees after 10 years of work. The House bill (H.R. 2669, the College Cost ... Read More »

House Gives Fast Victory to NASW Medicare SWRI Agenda!

Legislative Update | August 2, 2007 Congratulations to NASW’s Advocacy Network, the U.S. House passed on August 1, 2007, key components of NASW’s SWRI agenda, including the Clinical Social Work Medicare Equity Act along with an across the board 5% increase in LCSW payments under Medicare. Your advocacy was a huge help! Specifically, the following provisions were passed within the ... Read More »

Critical Medicare Provisions for Social Workers Reach House Floor

SWRI Components Advance ACTION NEEDED National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members should contact their House Representative now and urge them to vote yes on CHAMP (H.R. 3162) coming to the House floor tomorrow, Wednesday, August 1. Members are asked to immediately email their message of support to their House member. Our suggested message is located on NASW Congress Web ... Read More »

Legislation on Social Worker Safety: Contact Your U.S. Representatives

Your Representative needs to hear from your regarding the issue of social worker safety. ACTION NEEDED – TODAY!! Please urge your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor HR2165, the Teri Zenner Social Worker Safety Act. The passage of this resolution will establish a grant program to provide social workers and others that work with at-risk populations, with workplace safety measures, equipment, and ... Read More »