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NASW Statement: We must remain vigilant to protect Affordable Care Act

The  leadership of the House of Representatives on March 23 cancelled a vote on the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). Our collective voice through National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members, NASW chapters, NASW National office, and many other national organizations was heard and it made a difference.  This means that those who rely on the Medicaid safety net ... Read More »

Social Work Organizations Oppose Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) transformed our health care system and extended health insurance coverage to over 20 million individuals. Steps are in place to undo the progress we have made. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) oppose efforts to fully repeal the ACA which will ... Read More »

Congress works to find consensus on opioid bills

By Alison Laurio, News contributor “It’s a problem that affects Americans in all parts of the country. It doesn’t discriminate across socio-economic lines, distinguish between urban, suburban and rural, or limit itself to the young or old.” With those words, U.S. Rep Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., addressed his constituents in an email sent May 23. Saying the country is “in the ... Read More »

NASW Statement on NAACP’s America’s Journey for Justice

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an enthusiastic supporter of the NAACP’s America’s Journey for Justice , which culminated in Washington, D.C. on September 16. One of the main purposes of this journey, a march that covered 1,001 miles from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C., is to bring attention to the immediate need for the passage of national ... Read More »

NASW Part of Coalition Calling for More Fair Federal Budget Cuts

The National Association of Social Workers has joined a coalition of 2,500 national, state and local organizations that are protesting Congressional budget cuts in nondefense discretionary  programs. NDD-funded programs benefit millions of Americans, providing services such as education and job training, housing, veterans and public health initiatives. However, they have been cut drastically as Congress works to reduce the deficit. ... Read More »

NASW members joining Voting Rights rally in Roanoke, Va. on June 25

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members on Thursday June 25 will travel to Roanoke, Virginia’s Elmwood Park to join civil rights groups and voting rights advocates in a rally to restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA). June 25 markets the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision that gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The ... Read More »

NASW PACE prepares for candidate endorsements

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Political Action for Candidate Election board of trustees has been reviewing and endorsing federal candidates for the Nov. 4 midterm elections. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested. As a political action committee, PACE endorses and can ... Read More »

U.S. Reps say more public policy social workers needed

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Two members of Congress who are also social workers emphasized the need for more social workers in politics at a Public Policy Roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., in December. U.S. Reps. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., spoke to social work leaders, including Angelo McClain, NASW CEO; and Darla Spence Coffey, president of ... Read More »