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Affordable Care Act promises good things, faces hurdles

By Rena Malai, News staff Social workers celebrated on June 28 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which paves the way for more than 30 million uninsured people to have health care coverage. The landmark ruling also has the potential to create more jobs for social workers. But the law — most of ... Read More »

NASW active at Association of Oncology Social Work’s annual conference

NASW News blog exclusive: NASW Senior Practice Associate Stacy Collins participated in three presentations at the Association of Oncology Social Work’s 28th annual conference May 30 to June 1 in Boston. In the session “The Importance of Advocacy Leadership for Oncology Social Workers,” Collins was joined by Carol Trust, executive director of the NASW Massachusetts Chapter. They discussed the status ... Read More »

Brief filed in death penalty post-conviction case

The NASW Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in May on behalf of the association in support of a petition for certiorari in a death penalty post-conviction case. The brief seeks to have the U.S. Supreme Court accept the case, Abdur’Rahman v. Colson, for review. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman is on death row because of his counsel’s failure to offer the ... Read More »

Legal Defense Fund 40th: Special content offered

By Rena Malai, News Staff In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the NASW Legal Defense Fund has introduced new content to its web page, and enhanced its fundraising and marketing capabilities to improve services for NASW members. The web page now offers a special 40th anniversary section, where members can view an LDF video project that includes interviews with social ... Read More »

Marriage equality makes headway

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff Marriage equality in the U.S. has enjoyed several milestones so far this year, and NASW has been active in many of these efforts. President Obama’s announcement in May that he supports same-sex marriage was the most high-profile development regarding marriage equality, but there have been other advancements as well. The following is a summary ... Read More »

Reed selected to lead American Red Cross Preparedness Strategy

The American Red Cross announced in April that Richard Reed, who holds an MSW, has been appointed vice president for Preparedness and Resilience Strategy for the organization. Reed will lead a comprehensive organizational assessment of all American Red Cross preparedness, resilience, and recovery programs, including domestic and international programs. According to the Red Cross, Reed will be responsible for developing ... Read More »

Grant enables state workforce assessment

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff When it comes to assessing workforce trends, NASW and its chapters assist states and the Bureau of Labor Statistics in reviewing information for accuracy and providing essential feedback from social work stakeholders relating to workforce development efforts. Thanks to a grant that is part of the Affordable Care Act’s workforce planning component, the NASW ... Read More »

HHS department creates Administration for Community Living

By By Paul R. Pace, News Staff A single agency will now oversee the federal efforts previously supported by three entities within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities are now combined in the new Administration for Community Living, or ACL. The consolidation correlates with ... Read More »

NASW web page addresses veterans, military members support

By Rena Malai, News Staff In its continued support of veterans, military members and their families, NASW has devoted a new page on the NASW website to provide its members with relevant resources. Social workers who work with — or are interested in working with — military members, veterans and their families can visit the page at www.socialworkers.org/military.asp, where they ... Read More »