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Tag Archives: Health Care

Get Ready for National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017

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Posted April 13, 2017 The mission of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is to enhance understanding of, and participation in, advance care planning. Now in its 10th year, NHDD 2017 will be a weeklong event, observed April 16 through 22. This year’s theme matches that of the 2016 observance: It’s always too early, until it’s too late. Learn more about ... Read More »

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

Photo courtesy of Salon.com.

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 »

NASW urges House Members to Oppose American Health Care Act, urges social worker to take action to stop bill

Protest in California to preserve the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Times.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly urges members of the House of Representatives to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it is currently written. There are numerous reasons for our opposition outlined below, but notably we are wary of the bills provision for guaranteed “universal access” to health care and coverage. As defined in this legislation, ... Read More »

Social Work Organizations Oppose Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act

People rally to protest possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy of Time.

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 »

Government Relations Action Alert: Contact Your Members of Congress today about the Affordable Care Act!

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has extended health insurance coverage and health services to millions of Americans is at risk.  In the second week of January, Congress passed a budget resolution and began the process to repeal the ACA without any replacement plan.  President Trump then signed an executive order on his first day in office ... Read More »

NASW Practice Alert Brief: Health Care in 2017

by Carrie Dorn, LMSW, MPA National Association of Social Workers Senior Practice Associate The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has extended health insurance to 20 million Americans. As the incoming Trump Administration has promised constituents, changes to health care are likely in the upcoming year.  Anti-discrimination provisions in the ... Read More »

Pain Awareness Month 2016

Posted September 22, 2016 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have identified pain as a significant public health challenge that affects tens of millions of people in the United States every year (Institute of Medicine, 2011). Pain Awareness Month, which NASW observes this September, offers social workers an opportunity to educate both colleagues and clients about pain—and to ... Read More »

NASW updates Standards of Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings

An updated version of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Standards for Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings has been released and is available online or for purchase through the NASW Press. It is a resource based on the consensus of expert health care social workers and is designed to enhance social workers’ knowledge to work effectively in ... Read More »

Older Americans Month 2016: Blaze a Trail

Posted May 5, 2016 Older Americans Month: A Time to Celebrate Each May, NASW joins organizations across the United States in celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM). Begun in 1963 and currently led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the observance acknowledges older adults’ contributions to society and raises awareness about issues facing older adults. The theme for OAM 2016 ... Read More »

Challenges faced by social workers as members of interprofessional collaborative health care teams

The trend toward greater inclusion of interprofessional collaborative health care teams is increasing. Collaborative models bring together various health care providers— physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, dietitians, and others— to provide team-based care. Critical factors, such as communication, can improve or deter success in the collaborative setting, and social work has the historical experience in team-based care that allows ... Read More »