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NASW supports bill to help homeless students

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Cynthia Fernan came to Capitol Hill on a chilly January morning and informed federal lawmakers that she is an employed 19-year-old student from the Focus Learning Academy Southwest in Columbus, Ohio. “I am also a couch surfer,” she said. Fernan is homeless and has been for a few years. She relies on social media ... Read More »

Next ACA open enrollment begins Nov. 15

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers can aid millions of Americans in signing up for health care coverage as the next open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, under the Affordable Care Act, takes place Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 2015. NASW and other social work organizations are partnering with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, ... Read More »

Child Abuse Prevention Act milestone celebrated at conference

By Rena Malai, News staff The 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, a key piece of legislation that addresses child abuse and neglect, was recognized at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, held April 30-May 2 in New Orleans. The only federally sponsored national conference devoted to the issues of child maltreatment brings ... Read More »

NASW joins conference on voting rights

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW is continuing the fight to support voter rights as a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Staff from NASW attended the organization’s “Moving Voting Rights Forward: A Conference on Strategy for 2014 and Beyond,” hosted in Washington, D.C., last month. The Voting Rights Amendment Act (H.R. 3899; S. 1945), ... Read More »

NASW members urged to inform others about new health insurance options

Rena Malai, News staff The major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which aims to ensure that all Americans have health insurance, will go into effect Jan. 1. The next significant step in implementing the law is the open enrollment process for health care coverage, which begins Oct. 1. Open enrollment is an opportunity for people without insurance to explore ... Read More »

Social workers serve on health insurance marketplace committees

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are doing their part to help shape their states’ health insurance marketplaces, formerly known as health insurance exchanges. A key component of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance marketplaces are being constructed so individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage. As of May 2, 17 states and the District of Columbia ... Read More »

HHS issues final regulations regarding HIPAA

By Rena Malai, News staff The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final set of regulations that address several key areas under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which was passed in 2009, some existing HIPAA requirements were amended as the ... Read More »

Touro College students lobby New York legislators to support the Dream Act

Students from the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, and Professor Jennifer Zelnick (pictured, front row), went to Albany, N.Y., recently to lobby legislators on the New York state “Dream Act” – legislation that would extend public and private funding for higher education to undocumented New York City high school students who were brought to the United States as ... Read More »

NASW offers three new Practice Perspectives, ACA fact sheet

By Rena Malai, News staff The NASW Practice Perspectives series offers three new publications to educate members about social work developments that will enhance their professional practices. In addition, NASW has compiled a consumer fact sheet on health care reform, explaining important benefits of the Affordable Care Act for individuals and families. The newest Practice Perspectives — “Essential Health Benefits ... Read More »