Tag Archives: Health Care

CMS Updates Guidance for Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted December 17, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on nursing home residents, families, and staff. Limitations on visits from family (as defined by each resident), other personal guests, and even certain service providers (such as hospice personnel and long-term care ombudsmen) have drastically exacerbated loneliness and social isolation among residents. Recognizing the physical and emotional toll ... Read More »

Medicare Open Enrollment: What’s New for 2022 and How You Can Help Your Clients

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Posted November 12, 2021 Each fall, Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and change their coverage options during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP). The OEP, sometimes known as the annual election period, began on October 15 and ends on December 7. Changes made during the OEP affect coverage between January 1 and December 31, 2022. (The Medicare OEP is distinct ... Read More »

NASW Endorses Complex Care Core Competencies

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By Carrie Dorn, MPA, LMSW and Rebecca Koppel, MSW, MPH NASW is proud to endorse the Core Competencies for Frontline Complex Care Providers created by the National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs. The Competencies were developed by a working group of diverse members with expertise in providing complex care, including social workers, community health workers, health care administrators, ... Read More »

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7

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  By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW  Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW    The annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) ends on December 7. Seeking tips on enrollment for your clients, family members, or yourself? This blog provides a brief overview and links to multiple resources. During the OEP, Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and switch their prescription drug (Part D) and ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief to defend Affordable Care Act in U.S. Supreme Court case

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  joined in an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center, National Partnership for Women and Families, Black Women’s Health Imperative, American Medical Association, and 76 other organizations committed to women’s rights and racial justice that was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting California’s defense of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ... Read More »

The February-March Issue of Social Work Magazine Featured Immigration Issues

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In case you missed it, here are some of the features in the February-March 2020 issue of Social Work Advocates. Top stories include: Immigration: Social Workers Focused on Trauma-Related Impact With so many immigrants and refugees experiencing trauma related to the Trump administration’s immigration policies, social workers are stepping up to help in various ways — from direct care to ... Read More »

The Association of Acculturation with Overt and Covert Perceived Discrimination for Older Asian Americans

Asian older adults are a fast-growing population in the United States. Because Asian older adults are a largely immigrant population, acculturation has an impact on their perceived discrimination, which is negatively associated with health and mental health. Discrimination can be overt, characterized by distrust and direct messages that are hostile and exclusionary, or covert, characterized by unfair treatment and messages ... Read More »

Congressional briefing examines ways to improve health and mental health care in jails

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The National Association of Counties and the National Sheriffs’ Association held a Capitol Hill briefing on March 3 called “The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look Inside County Jails.” The National Association of Social Workers cosponsored the briefing along with the Grand Challenges for Social Work, the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors, and the ... Read More »

NASW closely monitoring President Trump’s actions to undermine health security for Americans, may issue action alerts

President Trump signs executive order to stop payments on health care subsidies. Photo courtesy of AP.

Last week, President Trump took steps to further undermine the health security of millions of Americans by ending a critical cost sharing program for low income individuals and removing vital consumer protections on the sale of health insurance. While few observers of the health care debate are surprised by the President’s actions, most are nonetheless outraged that he went forward ... Read More »

Striving for Integrative Pain Care: Pain Awareness Month 2017

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Posted October 17, 2017  As a member of the consortium Partners for Understanding Pain, NASW observed Pain Awareness Month in September. Although the observance has ended, NASW encourages social workers to educate their colleagues and clients about resources to prevent and address pain—and to advocate for comprehensive, integrative pain care—throughout the year. Many people associate pain with advanced illness and ... Read More »