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Tag Archives: health

House Farm Bill Does Not Include SNAP Benefits

On July 11, we summarized the status of the House version of the Farm Bill.  Many Democrats opposed that version because the SNAP cuts were too severe in their view, while some Republicans objected because they believed the cuts were not severe enough.  Recently, consideration of this measure became even more contentious.  The House has indeed passed a Farm Bill ... Read More »

NASW co-sponsors national summit on children’s mental health

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW was an organizational co-sponsor of the second national summit on young children’s mental health, which was held in May. The event, called “Healthy Development: Changing Frames and Expanding Partnerships to Promote Children’s Mental Health and Social/Emotional Wellbeing,” brought together 65 participants from different disciplines who built on the recommendations of the first summit ... Read More »

Supplemental Nutrition Food Assistance Update

On June 20, in a surprise to most observers, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a sweeping Farm Bill that was widely expected to pass.  The Farm Bill is the government’s most comprehensive tool for regulating agriculture nationwide, and has always included SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  SNAP is commonly referred to as food stamps.  Even though the bill ... Read More »

Social workers serve on health insurance marketplace committees

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are doing their part to help shape their states’ health insurance marketplaces, formerly known as health insurance exchanges. A key component of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance marketplaces are being constructed so individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage. As of May 2, 17 states and the District of Columbia ... Read More »

Member promotes making youth mental health a public health priority

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” The Herald-Sun, in Durham, N.C., recently published a guest column by NASW member Barbara Smith titled “Early intervention in youth mental health.” “Much too frequently in America, we bear witness to horrific shootings,” Smith wrote, adding that while it’s important to have stricter gun laws, the country also needs “a humane and ... Read More »

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

On April 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released the new enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. These standards provide a framework to health care organizations for the delivery of culturally respectful and linguistically responsive care and services. In addition, these standards provide a platform for ... Read More »

HHS issues final regulations regarding HIPAA

By Rena Malai, News staff The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final set of regulations that address several key areas under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which was passed in 2009, some existing HIPAA requirements were amended as the ... Read More »

Meeting focuses on social work health care

By Paul R. Pace, News staff As health care in America explores new territory with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, social workers need to stake a claim to their roles as part of the health care team. That sentiment was consistent among social work leaders from various health care settings who recently participated in a meeting called “Strategies ... Read More »

NASW Sections Webinar on Teen Pregnancies

Positive Outcomes with Evidence-Based Approaches to Preventing Teen Pregnancy: The Carrera Program’s “Above the Waist” Approach Exclusively for NASW Specialty Practice Section Members Thursday, April 4, 2013 This webinar will provide information on positive youth development outcomes through evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programming. The “Top Tier” designated Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program will be highlighted. The Carrera program is guided ... Read More »