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Tag Archives: Health Care

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 »

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is shortened. Please share this important enrollment information

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The open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace is significantly shorter this year — from November 1 to December 15, 2017. The Trump administration has also cut funding for advertising and enrollment assistance. Social workers should share enrollment information with clients, families, friends and communities to bring awareness to the narrow enrollment window.  Each of us can do our ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Act Now! Urge Senate to Vote No on Affordable Care Act Repeal

Sen. Lindsay Graham (left) and Sen. William Cassidy. Photo courtesy of Politico.

Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell has promised a vote next week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, if he can garner the votes needed to pass his caucus’ latest proposal. Legislation introduced just last Thursday by Senators William Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) represents Republicans’ last chance at repeal under the fast-track reconciliation rules. The latest proposal would wipe ... Read More »

NASW Updates on Hurricane Harvey and Irma

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NASW TEXAS CHAPTER: In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor temporarily suspends all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas in order assist with the Tropical Depression Harvey disaster response operations.  Hospitals must ... Read More »

Take part in FASD Awareness Month in September

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     Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month is in September.      Alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. FASD—the general term that encompasses the range of life-long adverse cognitive, behavioral and physical effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure—affects up to one in 20 children in the United States, and ... Read More »

ACTION ALERT: Call your Senators Today to Protect Health Care!

Protestors outside the office of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Photo courtesy of ABC News.

Senate Republicans yesterday moved one step closer to their goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act. The motion to proceed to debate on health care reform passed narrowly, 51-50, with the help of Vice President Pence’s tie-breaking vote. The vote cleared the way for 20 hours of debate, equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, on the Senate’s Health Care repeal ... Read More »

Resources from Congressional Briefing on Preventing Mistreatment of Newborn Intensive Care Unit Infants

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The National Association of Social Workers on June 27 held  a Congressional briefing that identified strategies to prevent child maltreatment of infants from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The briefing enhanced awareness about NICU families, identified their unique needs and reviewed program and policy solutions that promote positive parenting outcomes. The Congressional briefing received much positive feedback and inquiries from ... Read More »

ALERT: Stay Vigilant – Affordable Care Act Repeal and Replace Efforts Still in Play

Community members protest BCRA in the office of Sen. Jerry Moran in Kansas. Photo courtesy of Yahoo.

Earlier this week, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) alerted its membership to the updates in the Senate’s modified discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. The outlook for Senate action on BCRA or perhaps just a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains uncertain (CBO estimates full repeal would result in 32 ... Read More »

ACTION ALERT: Call or Write Your Senators to Oppose Latest Version of Health Care Bill

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On Thursday, July 13, the Senate released a modified discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. Despite several changes to the original draft, the Senate’s latest iteration comes up woefully short, maintaining among other things, the devastating cuts to the Medicaid program that would leave millions of Americans without the coverage they count on for mental ... Read More »