Tag Archives: Legislative Update

Medicare Bill Gives Victory to Social Workers

For Immediate Release: July 17, 2008 Washington—In a milestone victory, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends the U.S. Senate and House for overriding President Bush’s veto of the Medicare legislation, H.R. 6331, restoring funding for clinical social work payments cut in 2007 and greatly improving coverage of outpatient psychotherapy services. The final House vote on the Medicare Improvements ... Read More »

Victory in House Medicare Vote

Yesterday we asked you to contact your Members of Congress about H.R. 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. Thanks to those of you who responded, we won the vote 355-59. We only needed 290 votes to win. [Click here for more information on the Victory] Read More »

U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Debbie Stabenow introduce S. 2858, the Social Work Reinvestment Act, on the 2nd Annual World Social Work Day

Send a letter to YOUR Senators in support of S. 2858! WASHINGTON—In concert with a global celebration of the social work profession, two U.S. Senators, who are also trained social workers, have introduced legislation that will help the nation’s 600,000 professional social workers better serve families and communities in need.  Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) ... Read More »

Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act – H.R. 5447

Dear Colleague, Over the years, NASW has asked you to speak out on behalf of many causes and issues. You have always risen to the occasion. Significant strides have been made in areas such as children’s health care, employment nondiscrimination, and fair pay legislation. Your advocacy has resulted in the enhanced mental health, social and psychosocial functioning of clients across ... Read More »

Victory for the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative: Loan Forgiveness for Social Workers in the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007!

NASW has been working to secure student loan forgiveness legislation for social workers for many years. Thanks to grassroots member advocacy and the work of NASW lobbyists, a major victory has been scored in support for students and social workers nationwide: On September 7,  2007, Congress passed H.R. 2669, “The College Cost Reduction Act of 2007” which amounts to ... Read More »

NASW Co-Signs Letter on HEA

There is a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act now before a committee of senators and congressman. They are negotiating the differences between the House version and Senate version. The House version would provide up to $5,000 in college loan forgiveness for up to five years of work in the child welfare field. NASW recently cosigned the letter below ... Read More »

House Gives Fast Victory to NASW Medicare SWRI Agenda!

Legislative Update | August 2, 2007 Congratulations to NASW’s Advocacy Network, the U.S. House passed on August 1, 2007, key components of NASW’s SWRI agenda, including the Clinical Social Work Medicare Equity Act along with an across the board 5% increase in LCSW payments under Medicare. Your advocacy was a huge help! Specifically, the following provisions were passed within the ... Read More »