Tag Archives: legislation

Democrat control of Senate raises odds President-Elect Biden can get approval of legislative priorities

  By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW Senior Policy Consultant Social Justice and Human Rights Those of us who are elated with the outcomes of the two senatorial elections in Georgia have a truly short time to relish the victories.  Given the many crisis-level public health, economic, civil rights and political concerns confronting the Biden administration, Senators Jon Ossoff and ... Read More »

More states consider physician-assisted death

By Alison Laurio, News contributor “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more.” “The world is a beautiful place, ... Read More »

NASW STATEMENT: Legislation, policies needed to prevent and end culture of sexual harassment, violence

The United States over the past few weeks has been engaged in a national discussion stemming from accusations about sexual harassment and sexual assault against women. Based on reports, these acts involved egregious disregard of the human rights and dignity of women. The national outcry spoke to the fact that sexual abuse—in all forms—is an affront to all Americans, not ... Read More »

NASW joins in letter protesting legislation that discrimininates against students who are transgender

NASW PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Social Workers has joined six other child and family advocacy organizations to sign a letter from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) urging South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other governors not to approve legislation that discriminates against students who are transgender. The open letter was also signed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, ... Read More »

Protect Our Kids Act signed into law

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW, as a member of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, celebrated the recent passage of the Protect Our Kids Act (H.R. 6655/S. 3705) in the 112th Congress. President Obama signed the bill in January. The legislation will create a bipartisan, two-year commission to recommend a comprehensive national strategy to reduce and ... Read More »

Enthusiasm for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program tempered by Administration announcement of prohibition on affordable health coverage

NASW, along with other advocacy organizations, recently signed a letter expressing disappointment with the recent announcement by the Obama Administration to exclude young people approved for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from receiving benefits through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and to prevent children and pregnant women approved for DACA from enrolling in Medicaid and the ... Read More »

Educational Debt Advocacy: A Student’s Path to the White House

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an event at the White House to see President Obama make a statement about student loan debt.  My invitation to the White House occurred because I reached out to the organization, Campus Progress, and volunteered to work at their Student Debt Day.  By volunteering, I was given the opportunity, along with other student ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Affordable Care Act

Social Workers Believe Law Can Improve the Lives of Uninsured Populations WASHINGTON, DC (June 28, 2012) The National Association of Social Workers today celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).   NASW has been an outspoken advocate for improving health care access, quality, and services for millions of Americans not currently ... Read More »