Tag Archives: Health Care

Comment on proposed rule to strengthen non-discrimination protections in health programs

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  is encouraging its members to comment on an important proposed rule to strengthen nondiscrimination protections in health programs through Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. NASW will be submitting comments and encourages social workers to do so as well. The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and partner organizations have created comment portals (listed ... Read More »

National Report Addresses Nursing Home Quality & Promotes Value of Social Work

Posted April 22, 2022 On April 6, 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report entitled The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff. The report represents the culmination of 18 months of work by a study committee that included NASW Social Work Pioneer® and Wisconsin Chapter ... Read More »

Making Time to Talk About Alcohol Use

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By Diana Ling, MA and Leslie Sirrianni, LCSW Four in five adults who reported being asked about their alcohol use at a checkup in the past two years and reported current binge drinking were not counseled to reduce their drinking, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. Looking closer at the data, just 14 percent ... Read More »

Update: Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted January 28, 2022, and revised February 10, 2022 This post updates information provided in a Social Work Blog post of December 17, 2021. The January 28, 2022, post was revised on February 10, 2022, to reflect changes since publication. Following its November 12 release of guidance for nursing home visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS released three versions of ... 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 »

Trans Men’s Access to Knowledgeable Providers and Their Experiences in Health Care Settings

Transgender adults face a health care system rife with stigma, including a lack of culturally responsive providers and high likelihood of discrimination and mistreatment. However, there is a gap in knowledge about trans men—those assigned a female sex at birth who identify as men or as transmasculine—including subgroups, such as trans men of color. An article in a recent issue ... 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 »