Author Archives: advocacy

House Passes Extension to TANF Program

The House passed legislation (H.R. 3659) that would extend the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program through fiscal 2012. The bill, which passed by voice vote, would place restrictions on how benefits can be used and modifies certain requirements states have to meet when reporting data and administering benefits. The so-called strip club loophole allowed recipients to use benefits ... Read More »

Apply Online in Spanish for Benefits

Now you can apply online in Spanish for Social Security Retirement benefits, Medicare, and Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Not ready to retire? You can get an estimate of your future retirement benefits in Spanish, too. Check out the new services at Social Security Spanish website, It’s so easy. Read More »

News from the Hill – December 2011

Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Does Not Reach Agreement The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Super Committee, had a deadline of November 23 to find at least $1.2 trillion in spending cuts or tax revenues over 10 years. They could not reach an agreement. Under the Budget Control Act, if the Joint Select Committee ... Read More »

Invitation To A Conference Call Tour for Faith & Community Leaders

Please join Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform and Mara Vanderslice Kelly, Acting Director of the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, for a conference call tour in Spanish of, the first website in Spanish to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a ... Read More »

News from the Hill – November 2011

  NASW Submits Comments Regarding EHB Package On October 26, NASW submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding NASW’s recommendations to the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Package.  In our comments, NASW states that the EHB package will set a national standard for high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care coverage for the country.   The following ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act Upheld

On November 9, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. The ruling stated that the individual insurance mandate in the law is valid and within Congress’ Constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It is the fifth time the law was upheld. To read more, go to: While two courts ... Read More »

EHB Listening Sessions Hosted By HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting regional listening sessions regarding essential health benefits. You are invited to attend the sessions. HHS is committed to receiving broad public input on essential health benefits from all stakeholders. Senior HHS officials will be in attendance to listen to stakeholder feedback. Please see below for the table for further details. ... Read More »

Cutting Poverty in Half in Ten Years

NASW attended a briefing in which the newly released report by the Half in Ten Campaign was discussed. The Campaign has a goal of reducing poverty by half over ten years. They are using 2010 as the baseline for this effort. The report connects information on the number of people struggling to move out of poverty with the levers to ... Read More »

Military Social Work Spouses Can Receive $4,000 for Their Professional Development

NASW now participates in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored employment assistance program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certificate, certification or Associate’s Degree necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career Fields and Occupations. The financial assistance ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act 101

A Conference Call Series Discussing the Benefits and Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Hosted By the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for  Faith and Community Leaders  Please RSVP by choosing from the dates below. Nov. 1 at 12:30 pm ET Nov. 8 at 3:00 pm ET (With special focus on the Affordable Care Act and Behavioral Health) ... Read More »