Tag Archives: Health Care

NASW Responds to HHS Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Bulletin with a Call For a Strong National Benefit Package

In December 2011, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a bulletin on the Essential Health Benefits (EHB), an important component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (see 12/21/11 blog posting).   This week, NASW submitted its comments (see here) on DHHS’ proposed approach.  NASW made a strong appeal for a comprehensive, uniform set of national health benefits, ... Read More »

NASW Supports HHS Decision on Women’s Rights

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ruled that contraceptive services must be covered by most forms of insurance without a co-pay or deductible.  Houses of worship are not required to provide birth control in their health coverage. The Obama administration declined the bishops push to exempt religiously affiliated organizations whose primary mission isn’t worship. Now, the Catholic Church has ... Read More »

Social Work and the Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

Thirty-nine years ago today, January 22, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a women’s right to chose is protected and guaranteed by the Constitution.   Despite efforts from some state legislatures to introduce and even pass a number of abortion restriction bills, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land.   Based on the principles of self-determination, human rights and ... Read More »

Health Action 2012

Health Action 2012, the conference for consumer health advocates, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC from January 19-21, 2012. Health Action 2012 is sponsored by Families USA and NASW has been a regular cosponsor and attendee at the conference. Health Action 2012 will provide advocates from across the country with the knowledge ... Read More »

NASW Urges Social Workers in Health Care Insurance Exchanges

By Greg Wright, NEWS Contributor The National Association of Social Workers strongly urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to include social workers in plans that will be offered in the new affordable health care insurance exchanges that will be available across the United States by Jan. 1, 2014. NASW also made recommendations to ensure these insurance exchanges ... Read More »

Pioneer ACOs and Independence at Home RFA Announced This Week

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two important announcements related to the Affordable Care Act this week. Thirty-two health care organizations from around the country were selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) Program.  The Pioneer ACO program was designed for organizations with experience operating in ACO-like arrangements.  These 32 health care organizations will ... Read More »

News from the Hill – November 2011

  NASW Submits Comments Regarding EHB Package On October 26, NASW submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding NASW’s recommendations to the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Package.  In our comments, NASW states that the EHB package will set a national standard for high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care coverage for the country.   The following ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act Upheld

On November 9, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. The ruling stated that the individual insurance mandate in the law is valid and within Congress’ Constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It is the fifth time the law was upheld. To read more, go to:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/health/policy/appeals-court-upholds-health-care-law.html While two courts ... Read More »

NASW Submits Comments on State Health Insurance Exchanges – An Essential Feature of the 2010 Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) stipulates that by 2014, each state will have an “exchange,” a health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses.  Exchanges should provide many currently uninsured and underinsured Americans with an affordable way to obtain comprehensive health coverage.  According to the ACA, individuals can purchase coverage through their state exchange if their household income exceeds the ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act-18 Months Later

September 23 marked the 18 – month anniversary since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). New census numbers showed 500,000 more young adults have insurance than last year because of the ACA provision that lets parents keep their children on their plans until they are 26 years old. In addition, 18.9 million seniors have already taken advantage of ... Read More »