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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 »

Protect Our Kids Act signed into law

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW, as a member of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, celebrated the recent passage of the Protect Our Kids Act (H.R. 6655/S. 3705) in the 112th Congress. President Obama signed the bill in January. The legislation will create a bipartisan, two-year commission to recommend a comprehensive national strategy to reduce and ... 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 »

Hill rally supports passage of Violence Against Women Act

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW staff members took part in a Capitol Hill rally in June to advocate for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (S.1925), as the House’s version of the bill contains language that leaves out the LGBT population, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. As a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human ... Read More »

Social Security’s 77th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Just in time for Social Security’s 77th anniversary, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) released an animated, four-minute video that explains the basics about Social Security, including its purpose, who pays for it, who gets it, and what it means to seniors, working families, and children now and in the future.  “This video is a valuable tool ... Read More »

Educational Debt Advocacy: A Student’s Path to the White House

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an event at the White House to see President Obama make a statement about student loan debt.  My invitation to the White House occurred because I reached out to the organization, Campus Progress, and volunteered to work at their Student Debt Day.  By volunteering, I was given the opportunity, along with other student ... Read More »