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Tag Archives: health

Civil rights and quality of care are intertwined

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently held a Listening Session on LGBT and HIV/AIDS Issues.  The meeting, comprised of stakeholders from LGBT organizations and HIV/AIDS organizations, as well as larger membership organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), was convened by Director, Leon Rodriquez.  During the meeting, Director Rodriquez stressed the ... Read More »

White House Champions of Change: Affordable Care Act 2-Year Anniversary

The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country that represents President Obama’s vision of out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world through projects and initiatives that moves their communities forward.  Before the Affordable Care Act was passed two years ago, children were refused insurance coverage because of a pre-existing ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Care for the Caregivers of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” asked: Who takes care of caregivers when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? Licensed clinical social worker Elizabeth Bollwinkel takes that question to heart in an article in the Los Altos Town Crier in California. The story explained that about 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Bollwinkel, an education ... Read More »

EHB Listening Sessions Hosted By HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting regional listening sessions regarding essential health benefits. You are invited to attend the sessions. HHS is committed to receiving broad public input on essential health benefits from all stakeholders. Senior HHS officials will be in attendance to listen to stakeholder feedback. Please see below for the table for further details. ... 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 »