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Take Action – "We Can Do Better" Campaign

Background The nation’s child protection system is stretched too thin. From 2001-2007, 10,440 children died at the hands of their caretakers. In fact, there was a 35 percent increase in child maltreatment deaths during 2001-2007.  Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the many who have worked countless hours addressing child maltreatment, the U.S. continues to fall short of protecting its ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup- January 13, 2010

NASW Remains Active on Health Care Reform Congress is working now to reconcile differences on health care reform legislation. Negotiating room is limited by the very close 60 vote margin in the Senate for initial passage. Democratic leaders must find compromises on divisive issues such as abortion coverage, taxes and fees to pay for expanded coverage, inclusion of a government-run ... Read More »

NASW Advocacy: News from the Hill – December 2009

Employment Non-Discrimination Act NASW continues to work diligently on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.3017/S.1584).  With 194 sponsors in the House of Representatives and 44 in the Senate, E.N.D.A. has begun to attract enormous attention.  The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is dedicated to the principle that every worker should be judged solely on his or her merits.  Further, hardworking Americans should not ... Read More »

Stressful Jobs with Low Pay

Dear Colleague, I am writing to ask you, and every single NASW member, to contact your members of Congress and show your full support for the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 795/ S.686) . This is the first piece of federal legislation ever introduced that will directly address the workforce challenges that ... Read More »

Women’s Groups Oppose Stupak-Pitts Amendment

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH Executive Director NASW has been working in support of universal health care for all individuals for a very long time and most recently in support of health care reform legislation. We’ve advocated for a public option and recently supported H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. However, we are opposed to the Stupak-Pitts Amendment ... Read More »

Rally for Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care in Health Care Reform Legislation

Background The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the health care reform legislation sponsored by Bart Stupak (MI-1) and Joe Pitts (PA-16). This amendment would restrict access to abortion procedures for consumers who receive subsidies to buy insurance in a reconfigured health care system. Pro-choice organizations are very concerned that the new language threatens the availability of private ... Read More »

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Testimony – CAPTA

To read the testimony click here. On November 5, 2009, NASW submitted testimony in collaboration with the National Child Abuse Coalition, Washington, D.C., to the Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, regarding the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). Congress has not yet introduced any legislation in ... Read More »

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 »

Rep. Towns releases HR795 Dear Colleague letter on low social work salaries and high stress

The Honorable Edolphus Towns Date: 11/6/2009 Dear Colleague: I wanted to call your attention to an article on cnn.com highlighting the top 15 “stressful jobs that pay badly.” The number 1 job listed — social work. This article highlights one  of the key problems in recruiting and retaining qualified individuals who will “step in when others step aside.” My bill, ... 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 »