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NASW Responds to HHS Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Bulletin with a Call For a Strong National Benefit Package

In December 2011, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a bulletin on the Essential Health Benefits (EHB), an important component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (see 12/21/11 blog posting).   This week, NASW submitted its comments (see here) on DHHS’ proposed approach.  NASW made a strong appeal for a comprehensive, uniform set of national health benefits, ... Read More »

Today is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in the US – End Modern Day Slavery Now

In 2009, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sam Brownback (R-Ka.) to observe National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month from January 1 to February 1.  January 11th has become a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.  President Obama declared January 2012 to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention ... Read More »

Call for Proposals for NASW 2012 National Conference – Deadline January 15, 2012

Advance your career, build your network, expand your learning – Present at NASW’s National Conference 2012 National Association of Social Workers 2012 National Conference July 22-25, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC Visit http://www.aievolution.com/nsw1201 to submit your proposal. ————————————————— Present at NASW’s first national conference in over a decade! Submit your proposal by January 15 to be ... Read More »

Pioneer ACOs and Independence at Home RFA Announced This Week

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two important announcements related to the Affordable Care Act this week. Thirty-two health care organizations from around the country were selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) Program.  The Pioneer ACO program was designed for organizations with experience operating in ACO-like arrangements.  These 32 health care organizations will ... Read More »

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Essential Health Benefits Bulletin to the States

In a surprise move last Friday, HHS released a bulletin announcing its intention to let states determine the scope of essential health benefits to be established under the Affordable Care Act.  The  Essential Health Benefits Package (EHB) forms the basis for insurance coverage offered through the state-based “exchanges,” when they become operational in 2014.  The EHB will determine health care ... Read More »

Conference Call for Social Workers: The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP): Comprehensive Coverage for the Uninsured The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes numerous programs to improve health care access for Americans.  One of these is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).  The PCIP is available nationwide for children and adults who have been locked out of the health insurance market because of a pre-existing condition. ... Read More »

Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011

Celebrate Human Rights Background: On December 10 the world will celebrate Human Rights Day.  Every year, Human Rights Day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. This year the day celebrates human rights activists who have taken to the streets across the globe to advocate for change.  ... Read More »

NASW staff attend National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth’s 23rd Annual Conference

If you are interested in learning about ways that social workers can support the education of older youth in foster care, register for NASW’s upcoming webinar on December 7th. Did you know that completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) is the best indicator that a youth will enroll in college?  In fact, ninety percent of students that ... Read More »

NASW Hosts Exchange Visit with the Tanzania Association of Social Workers

December 1, 2011 NASW is delighted to have had the honor of hosting our distinguished guests from Tanzania for the past two weeks.  NASW’s Human Rights & International Affairs Division established a twinning partnership between NASW and the Tanzania Association of Social Workers (TASWO) through funding from the American International Health Alliance. Social workers in Tanzania and the US face ... Read More »