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NASW closely monitoring President Trump’s actions to undermine health security for Americans, may issue action alerts

President Trump signs executive order to stop payments on health care subsidies. Photo courtesy of AP.

Last week, President Trump took steps to further undermine the health security of millions of Americans by ending a critical cost sharing program for low income individuals and removing vital consumer protections on the sale of health insurance. While few observers of the health care debate are surprised by the President’s actions, most are nonetheless outraged that he went forward ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Social Worker pushing initiative to recognize the value of greater father involvement in raising children

Social worker Rufus Sylvester Lynch is working to ensure fathers get more support to be involved with their children.

Social worker Rufus Sylvester Lynch says one out of three children in our nation would better thrive if public policy was more inclusive of fathers’ contributions to the well-being of children. Research and studies show that children who are involved with their fathers, even when they don’t live in the same residential setting, typically have more access to benefits such ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is shortened. Please share this important enrollment information

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The open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace is significantly shorter this year — from November 1 to December 15, 2017. The Trump administration has also cut funding for advertising and enrollment assistance. Social workers should share enrollment information with clients, families, friends and communities to bring awareness to the narrow enrollment window.  Each of us can do our ... Read More »

Statement: NASW Nevada Chapter will work to meet challenges in aftermath of Las Vegas mass shooting

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Our nation grieves after yet another horrific mass shooting. This one has occurred close to home at an outdoor concert on our Las Vegas strip. The actions of a lone individual resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The National Association of Social Workers Nevada Chapter offers its deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and friends, and ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Act Now! Urge Senate to Vote No on Affordable Care Act Repeal

Sen. Lindsay Graham (left) and Sen. William Cassidy. Photo courtesy of Politico.

Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell has promised a vote next week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, if he can garner the votes needed to pass his caucus’ latest proposal. Legislation introduced just last Thursday by Senators William Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) represents Republicans’ last chance at repeal under the fast-track reconciliation rules. The latest proposal would wipe ... Read More »

Join Veterans Affairs #BeThere Campaign during Suicide Prevention Month in September

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the largest employers of social workers, this month is running a #BeThere suicide prevention campaign for veterans and service members. The campaign offers tips we can all do to prevent people from dying by suicide. Here are other Suicide Prevention Month resources social workers that may interest ... Read More »

Ask your Senators to Restore Funding for the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Program

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Mental health services are an important pre-requisite for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  The mental health practitioner’s role has become more meaningful as the complexities surrounding treatment necessitate caring for the psychological aspects of HIV care, especially as it relates to aspects such as client medication adherence. Mental health practitioners need specific training in working with HIV-affected populations.  The Substance Abuse ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Help Pass the Dream Act

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As many of us are aware, President Trump recently made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless Congress passes legislation that protects the nearly 800,000 Dreamers from being deported. The president’s decision to end DACA conflicts with American values of fairness, equality and opportunity for all. President Trump has now put the ball in ... Read More »

NASW Delegate Assembly Approves Revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics

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The Delegate Assembly of the National Association of  Social Workers (NASW) on August 4, 2017 approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996. After careful and charged deliberation, the Delegate Assembly voted to accept proposed revisions to the Code that focused largely on the use of technology and the implications for ethical practice. The NASW Code of Ethics continues ... Read More »

STATEMENT: President Trump decision to rescind DACA is cruel, unwise and unjustified

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NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and will work with allied organizations and Congress to continue protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. President Trump’s decision to revoke DACA dismays us. The order is cruel, unwise ... Read More »