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Q&A offers info on becoming Affordable Care Act Certified Application Counselor

The National Association of Social Workers on October 16 hosted a webinar with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care on the topic of social workers serving as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). These counselors would help enroll people during the second Affordable Care ... Read More »

NASW CEO Angelo McClain letter gives ACA Update

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Dear Colleagues: On Thursday the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  joined a small group of key leaders— 16 national organizations—at the White House to discuss Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation with Obama Administration officials. The agenda for the meeting included the overall ACA, the upcoming open-enrollment period, and how NASW might be able to help the  Obama Administration increase ... Read More »

Social Work Webinar: Becoming a Certified Application Counselor for the upcoming ACA Open Enrollment Period

Thursday October 16 at 2 pm ET Becoming a Certified Application Counselor for the upcoming ACA Open Enrollment Period The second ACA open enrollment period kicks off on November 15, 2014 and social workers are needed to make it a success.  Learn how to become a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) – a trained volunteer who helps people enroll in health ... Read More »

Supporting Families with LGBTQI2-S Youth

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The National Association of Social Workers is a member of the SAMHSA LGBTQI2-S workgroup, ensuring that the voice of social workers are part of programming and policy discussions. Join a nation-wide webisode sponsored by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, today at 2:00 pm EST.  The Webisode will highlight culturally relevant research, explore ways that communities, social workers and ... Read More »

LGBT Pride Month Update

June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)  Pride Month. On June 2, 2014, President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The President’s proclamation outlined the important legislative changes in the advancement of LGBT equity that occurred at the state and federal level.  The President noted that the Obama Administration “proudly stands alongside all ... Read More »

NASW-Massachusetts statement on Supreme Court Buffer Zone ruling

The National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) and NASW’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. are disappointed by a United States Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that unanimously overturned the Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around health clinics offering abortion services.  The Court stated that establishing these zones infringed on the First Amendment rights of ... Read More »

NASW partnering with Selective Service System to ensure youth do not miss opportunities

Did you know millions of young men miss out on important opportunities because they fail to register for the Selective Service? The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has partnered with the Selective Service System to help inform young men — and especially at-risk young men — of the requirement to register with Selective Service when they turn 18. NASW ... Read More »

One Person, One Action, One Nation: United Against Elder Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15   Every year, at least one in 10 older adults experiences elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Moreover, researchers estimate that, for every reported case of elder abuse, another 23.5 cases go unreported. Social workers play essential roles in preventing, identifying, and addressing elder abuse. That’s why every action by every individual is needed ... Read More »

June is PRIDE Month

On June 1, 2014, President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The President’s proclamation outlined the important legislative changes that advance LGBT equity that have occurred at the state and federal level.  The President also noted that the Obama Administration “proudly stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights.”    He highlighted important ... Read More »

Social work practice update: CDC releases practice guidelines for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

  Recent clinical trials have proven that a daily dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can significantly reduce the transmission of HIV among populations at higher risk of contracting the disease. As a result of these findings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday released the first practical clinical guidelines for PrEP, with the recommendation that PrEP be ... Read More »