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Tag Archives: care

Work to close health gap continues amid doubt

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By Alison Laurio, News contributor   A year ago Heidi L. Allen’s sister died. “She lived in Idaho, which did not expand Medicaid under the ACA” (Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare), said Allen, an associate professor of social work at Columbia University in New York whose focus is low-income, uninsured adults. “Here I study health insurance, and I have ... Read More »

NASW member invited to White House hackathon

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NASW member Ruby Guillen was invited to participate in the first-ever White House foster care and technology hackathon in late May. Guillen, who was in foster care, is a fatal and severe child abuse and community violence technologist, researcher and analyst in the greater Los Angeles area. She also is co-chair of the Technology Council for the NASW California Chapter. ... Read More »

Program helps foster youth continue education

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Foster youth can experience greater challenges than their non-foster youth peers as they grow into adulthood. Besides the potential for mental stress, foster youth can face financial, transportation and housing insecurity that can impede a path to a postsecondary education. Fortunately, there are social workers, such as Maria Garin Jones, who specialize in supporting ... Read More »

Those who improve end-of-life, palliative care honored

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Honoring the people in hospices, hospitals, health care systems and long-term care facilities who collectively work to improve palliative and end-of-life care is what the Circle of Life Awards, co-sponsored by NASW, are all about. “Winning this award means that the program has achieved the very high standards that the American Hospital Association, NASW, ... 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 »

Mental health care gets a boost from ACA mandate

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The Affordable Care Act has brought about a “huge opportunity” for behavioral care in the U.S., said Ron Manderscheid, co-chairman of the Coalition for Whole Health. All health insurance plans sold on the federal and state insurance exchanges must offer 10 essential health benefits, or EHBs, to their enrollees, including mental health and substance-use ... Read More »

Social workers discuss enrollment process for health care under ACA

By Rena Malai, News staff Talking to people about their health is all in a day’s work, according to Katie Merrill, an MSW student at the University of Albany School of Social Welfare in New York. Merrill is one of the student health care navigators for the university’s contracted navigator program, which serves the New York counties of Albany, Rensselaer, ... Read More »

Coverage for foster youths is extended

By Rena Malai, News staff An estimated 25,000 youths age out of the foster care system every year, and they face a variety of issues when they no longer have that support system. Social workers who specialize in this area say health care is among the main concerns. The Affordable Care Act is helping to alleviate this problem by extending ... Read More »

National veterans policy discussed at NASW

Paul R. Pace, News staff Diverse disciplines convened at NASW’s national office in June to discuss the possibility of drafting a covenant for the nation’s veterans. The symposium, “Enhancing the well-being of America’s veterans and their families: A call to action for a national veterans policy,” provided a platform to exchange expert feedback on the challenges and potential solutions to ... 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 »