Author Archives: advocacy

NASW Supports School Mental Health Legislation

On February 17, 2011 Rep. Grace F. Napolitano and a panel of mental health advocates and experts, including LA Laker Ron Artest and champion boxer Mia St. John, will examine the Mental Health in Schools Act, a bill authored by Napolitano to allocate funding to mental health services in schools. One in five children and adolescents currently suffer from emotional ... Read More »

ACA and Women

A new online resource is available outlining the benefits of the health care law for women. You can read more about Women and the Affordable Care Act at Read More »

Join NASW, Half in Ten and Sens. Sherrod Brown and Al Franken for a Webinar on Antipoverty Advocacy in the 112th Congress

WEBINAR February 2, 2011 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST Click here to register The 112th Congress presents a challenging political landscape for advocates concerned about reducing poverty. With deficit reduction dominating the conversation, several proposals have already been set forth to slash critical services helping those struggling the most in this recession. While these developments pose new challenges, advocates can ... Read More »

New Report Shows Military Suicides Increase; How You Can Help

Recently, it was reported that for the second consecutive year, the United States has lost more troops to suicide than combat.  This news comes on the heels of a guide for military families issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs that focuses on mental health.  While these two points do not go perfectly hand in hand (the distinction between active ... Read More »

NASW to hold Health Care Reform and Beyond: Limits and Possibilities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Teleconference

On Monday, January 31, 2011, from 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time, NASW is hosting a teleconference on Health Care Reform with Stephen Gorin, PhD, Executive Director of the NASW New Hampshire Chapter. The moderator for the call is Dina Kastner, NASW Senior Field Organizer. The call will cover the limits and possibilities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) signed ... Read More »

CMS Reverses Rule on Voluntary Advance Care Planning

Just days after the new Medicare regulation to allow end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical exam began, the Obama administration reversed its decision.  On January 5, CMS announced that the first annual wellness visit and subsequent annual wellness visits in Medicare will not include voluntary advance care planning.  CMS cited an error in procedure led to the reversal ... Read More »

HHS Report: 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage without New Health Reform Law

On January 18, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a new analysis showing that, without the Affordable Care Act, up to 129 million non-elderly Americans who have some type of pre-existing health condition would be at risk of losing health insurance when they need it most, or be denied coverage altogether.   Repealing the law would once again leave ... Read More »

NASW Opposes Repeal of Health Care Law

NASW strongly supports the new federal health care reform law (PPACA) because it makes vital improvements in health care access, quality and services for millions of Americans with health and behavioral needs. The Association called on congressional leaders to not repeal the new law because it is vital to advance the health and behavioral needs of the nation. Read NASW’s ... Read More »

Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform Campaign Begins

The Affordable Care Act contains many provisions that strengthen the Medicare program. However, polling data recently released by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the lives of older Americans, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, reveal that many seniors are still confused by the new law, including the ... Read More »

VA Eases Veterans’ Burden of Proving PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is generally considered the signature wound of the last several years of warfare.  However, PTSD has only been an official diagnosis since the 1980’s, and even today many veterans suffering from PTSD have a difficult time proving that they’re coping with this disorder.   That’s why NASW is so pleased to see the Department of ... Read More »