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Lobby Day and Rally For Reproductive Rights

Becky Myers, LSW, ACSW Director, External Relations Dec 3, 2009 Today, staff and members of NASW attended the National Lobby Day and Rally against the Stupak Amendment. NASW was a sponsor and worked to plan and implement the event. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the health care reform legislation sponsored by Bart Stupak (MI-1) and Joe ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – December 1, 2009

Health Care Reform Process Begins in the Senate The Senate will begin debating health care reform legislation this week. Numerous amendments are expected to be introduced. Each will require 60 votes to pass, a high threshold for inclusion. There may be alerts in the next couple of weeks about the amendments. We anticipate the final vote on the Senate bill ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – November 24, 2009

Because Congress will be in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Health Care Roundup on Tuesday, December 1. The next publication will be on Tuesday, December 8. Rally on Reproductive Choice in Health Care Reform The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the health care reform legislation sponsored by Bart Stupak (MI-1) and Joe Pitts ... Read More »

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Employment Provisions Take Effect (GINA)

On November 21, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) took effect for all employers with 15 or more employees and it took effect for individual health insurance plans last May. GINA was passed by Congress last year and prohibits the use by employers of genetic or family medical history in making hiring, firing, promotion or job placement decisions. Employers cannot ... Read More »

Women’s Groups Oppose Stupak-Pitts Amendment

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH Executive Director NASW has been working in support of universal health care for all individuals for a very long time and most recently in support of health care reform legislation. We’ve advocated for a public option and recently supported H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. However, we are opposed to the Stupak-Pitts Amendment ... Read More »

Rally for Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care in Health Care Reform Legislation

Background The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the health care reform legislation sponsored by Bart Stupak (MI-1) and Joe Pitts (PA-16). This amendment would restrict access to abortion procedures for consumers who receive subsidies to buy insurance in a reconfigured health care system. Pro-choice organizations are very concerned that the new language threatens the availability of private ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Roundup – Nov 10, 2009

House Passes Health Care Reform Legislation In an historic vote, the House passed major health care reform legislation on November 7, with a vote of 220-215. NASW strongly supports the health care reform bill (H.R. 3962), which included a Medicare provision allowing clinical social workers to bill independently for serving certain nursing home residents. A copy of NASW’s endorsement letter ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Roundup – November 4, 2009

NASW Calls for Increased Mental Health Funding The National Association of Social Workers has joined with the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), a coalition of national organizations representing the diverse mental health advocacy community, in calling for higher federal funding levels for mental health services, supports and research.  The coalition argues that higher federal funding levels are essential to meet ... Read More »

Letter of Support from NASW for H.R. 3962 "Affordable Health Care for America Act of 2009"

Congress is working to pass major health care reform legislation, and the full House will consider a bill over the next several days that will meet many of the needs of the American populace. “The Affordable Health Care for America Act of 2009,” (H.R. 3692) provides more affordable quality coverage for millions, calls for shared responsibility by individuals, employers and ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – October 26, 2009

Congress Extends the Ryan White Act Last week, Congress passed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. The bill will extend for four years the Ryan White Program, which provides lifesaving and life-extending health care, medications and support services to over 530,000 low-income people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. On October 21, the bill passed the ... Read More »