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Let Congress know you oppose revised American Health Care Act!

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Let your Representatives in Congress know that you oppose measures to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections.  The House GOP leadership has proposed allowing states the right to raise costs of health care and limit service offerings.  The revised GOP American Health Care Act (AHCA) repeal bill called the MacArthur Amendment would permit states to: Discriminate against older adults ... Read More »

Webinars focus on cultural competence standards

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff We live in a time of considerable tensions related to differences of all kinds, says Carol Bonner, chairwoman of the NASW National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, or NCORED. “It is the responsibility, as social workers, to lead at all organizational and societal levels, and advocate for social justice, human dignity and human ... Read More »

Social workers weigh in on marijuana laws, policies

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By Alison Laurio, News contributor “Marijuana has lit up conversations and controversy across the country. It’s a hotly contested and complicated issue for states to weed through, and no doubt will remain high on legislative agendas for the foreseeable future,” the National Conference of State Legislatures says on one of its website’s “Deep Dive” issues pages. Voters passed eight marijuana-related ... Read More »

What social workers need to know about proposals to limit Medicaid Benefits

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The Republican Party has proposed reducing Medicaid spending through block grants or per capita grants. The National Association of Social Workers is against such a plan because reducing Medicaid services would harm a critical benefit to women, vulnerable populations and those living with chronic physical and mental health conditions. To learn more about this issue and how you can get ... Read More »

Nephrology social workers fill many roles

Even though there are more than 200,000 Americans living
with a kidney transplant, the National Kidney Foundation says
on average, 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting 
list every month. And 13 people a day — or 4,745 
people a year — die while waiting for a kidney.

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Dean Wolf has spent his entire working life as a social worker in the field helping others. Now he is asking others to help him, and said it is not an easy thing to do. “As much as I have empathy for people, I need a kidney,” he said it is not an easy thing ... Read More »

Get Ready for National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017

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Posted April 13, 2017 The mission of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is to enhance understanding of, and participation in, advance care planning. Now in its 10th year, NHDD 2017 will be a weeklong event, observed April 16 through 22. This year’s theme matches that of the 2016 observance: It’s always too early, until it’s too late. Learn more about ... Read More »

Read Metari Garza’s Social Work Month Poem “Stand Up”

Metari Garza

Social Worker Metari Garza has been serving veterans for seven years. She is also a writer of poetry and a spoken word artist. During Social Work Month Garza, LCSW, CCM, shared her poem “Stand Up” with other staff at the VA North Texas Health Care System. The chief of Social Work Services then shared it with our national VA leadership. ... Read More »

NASW: Trump budget would harm well-being of all Americans

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President Trump’s newly released a FY 2018 budget that would greatly harm a wide and diverse range of America’s most vulnerable citizens. Most of those negatively impacted by the 2018 budget proposal are those who have already been excluded from the growth in jobs and improvements in our economy since the Recession of 2008 . The National Association of Social Workers ... Read More »