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Tag Archives: health

ONAP Report Released

On April 9, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) released its Report of Community Recommendations for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.  The report highlights community input regarding the National HIV/AIDS Strategy development.  To read the press release and report, go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/08/onap-releases-report-community-recommendations-national-hivaids-strategy For more information on how to join the Advocacy listserv, go here.  For more information about ... Read More »

Update on Medicare “Physician Fee” Payments

March proved yet another tumultuous month for congressional consideration of legislation establishing Medicare payment rates. Physicians, clinical social workers and other health professionals that bill Medicare Part B independently face a scheduled rate cut of 21 percent on April 1. Fortunately, this week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the scheduled formula payment cuts until after Congress ... Read More »

Education Reform Bill Moves with the Health Care Legislation

On March 18, Congress coupled the Student Aid bill with health reform legislation to advance President Obama’s two major domestic policy issues, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872). NASW strongly supports this bill and has tirelessly advocated for the creation of public policies that make health care and higher education more affordable and accessible for all ... Read More »

Five Immediate Benefits to Health Care Reform

As the debate for health care reform continues in Congress, there are many resources available from many organizations.  On the NASW Health care reform page, you will find informative documents including a one-pager from Health Care for America Now entitled, Five Immediate Benefits to Health Care Reform.  Go to the resources section of the health care reform page to read ... Read More »

Senate Hearing on Childhood Obesity

Consistent with First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to confront the issue of childhood obesity, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions heard testimony on March 4, 2010, about the prevalence of obesity among America’s youth. Panelists included Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Joseph Thompson, Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity; ... Read More »

Senate Restores Medicare Psychotherapy Rates until December

Last week Congress halted the so-called Medicare “physician fee cut” that set Part B payment rates for clinical social workers and all independent Medicare outpatient providers with passage of an extension of Medicare physician payments at last year’s level through March 31.  On Wednesday, March 10, the Senate passed a critical extension of these  provisions (H.R. 4213).  Eight Republicans voted ... Read More »

NASW Cosponsors Public Health Briefing

On March 2, over 80 congressional staff and interested organizations participated in the 6th annual Public Health Briefing 101 entitled, Building Capacity to Meet America’s Mounting Health Needs hosted by the Coalition for Health Funding.   The briefing provided information about the public health continuum and its needs.  NASW was a cosponsor of the briefing.  To view the presentation of the ... Read More »

HHS Secretary to Testify about Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to testify before the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in Room 124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing can be viewed live via webcast from the Senate Appropriations page.  Additional information is available at: http://appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?method=news.view&id=16c07802-c2f8-4485-9315-640f25ea7a81 Read More »

Medicare Rate Update

2009 Rates extended until March 31 Medicare Rate Remedy Makes Limited Progress Senate gridlock was halted just long enough this week to pass a brief extension of a highly troublesome Medicare provision that sets Part B payment rates for clinical social workers and all independent Medicare outpatient providers. The so-called Medicare “physician fee cut” for all Part B providers was ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – February 23, 2009

Earlier this week the White House released a summary of its $950 billion plan to reconcile the House and Senate versions of comprehensive health reform legislation. Release of the plan marks a new phase of more direct presidential involvement in the legislative negotiations. The President’s plan largely favors the Senate’s bill and clarifies use of a legislative strategy known as ... Read More »