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NASW Health Care Roundup – Nov 10, 2009

House Passes Health Care Reform Legislation In an historic vote, the House passed major health care reform legislation on November 7, with a vote of 220-215. NASW strongly supports the health care reform bill (H.R. 3962), which included a Medicare provision allowing clinical social workers to bill independently for serving certain nursing home residents. A copy of NASW’s endorsement letter ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Roundup – November 4, 2009

NASW Calls for Increased Mental Health Funding The National Association of Social Workers has joined with the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), a coalition of national organizations representing the diverse mental health advocacy community, in calling for higher federal funding levels for mental health services, supports and research.  The coalition argues that higher federal funding levels are essential to meet ... Read More »

Hate Crimes Passes: On to President

The National Association of Social Workers has steadfastly been involved with hate crimes legislation for over a decade. On October 22, 2009 NASW’S tireless efforts came to fruition with the passage, by the Senate, of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act by a 68-29 vote. The hate crimes initiative was included in the Fiscal Year ... Read More »

Vote Yes for the Student Aid Bill

Call your Representative NOW! This week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R.  3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, also referred to as the “Student Aid Bill”, which passed out of committee in late July by a vote of 30-17. Some experts contend that H.R. 3221 is historically the single largest investment in higher ... Read More »

Meeting with a Congressional Social Work Advocate

Betsy Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH Executive Director Yesterday I had the nice opportunity to meet informally with Congressman Ed Towns (D-NY) and three of his staff members. Congressman Towns is the lead sponsor of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. He is also a staunch advocate for our profession, as he began his ... Read More »

Health Care Reform: White House Conference Calls This Week

NASW participated in two White House conference calls this week on health care reform. Conference call with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) regarding new funding for health care professions training.  See http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/07/20090728c.html for the press release. For information about the National Health Services Corps Loan ... Read More »

Health Care Reform

NASW has been working on health care reform for decades. Most recently, we have collaborated with a number of groups that are aiming to enact health care reform now. For more information on our efforts, visit our Health Care Reform page.  This page attempts to bring together the work that NASW is doing in collaboration with other organizations on health ... Read More »

Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act

Take Action Now! Read about this bill Background On Feb. 3, 2009 Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the Military Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Act (H.R.840). The bill seeks to reduce violence against military personnel and their families by enhancing programs of prevention and deterrence, improving victim services, and strengthening provisions for prosecution of assailants. Women who courageously serve ... Read More »

U.S. Senator Mikulski Reintroduces Social Work Reinvestment Act to Honor Dr. Dorothy I. Height

Immediate Release March 27, 2009 Social Workers Celebrate 97th Birthday of Civil Rights and Women’s Rights Leader Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski introduced legislation this week that will strengthen the nation’s workforce of more than half a million professional social workers.  The goal of S. 686 is to ensure access to a range of critical social work services ... Read More »

Social Workers Applaud Passing of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in Congress

NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark was honored to receive an invitation to the White House on Thursday January 29, 2009 to witness President Obama sign his first piece of legislation into law, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This historic legislation reverses the Supreme Court decision that limited women and other workers’ ability to sue for wage discrimination. The success ... Read More »