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

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  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 »

NASW distressed Supreme Court pick could have devastating impact on Affordable Care Act

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By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA National Association of Social Workers Human Rights and Social Justice Consultant Nominating a candidate for a lifetime appointment to this nation’s highest court during this electoral period undermines the democratic process. With polls showing clear opposition to fast-tracking Trump’s nominee prior to the election, we see this process as being a disservice to the American ... Read More »

Join Coalition on Human Needs Nov. 6 Action to Support Tax Credits for People who are Lower Income

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Please read this message from National Association of Social Workers partner, the Coalition on Human Needs, and take action! Right now, Congress is looking to add bipartisan tax legislation to the end-of-year budget package. It is imperative that if there is any tax legislation helping businesses and the rich that we also do what we can to help low-wage workers. ... Read More »

Call Congress today to stop the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act!

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On December 2 the Senate passed its version of H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (51 Republicans voted in favor, while all Senate Democrats and Republican Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) voted against).  On Monday, December 4th, the House of Representatives agreed to the motion to go to conference by a vote of 222-192.  Seven House Republicans joined the Democratic caucus ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Act Now! Urge Senate to Vote No on Affordable Care Act Repeal

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Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell has promised a vote next week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, if he can garner the votes needed to pass his caucus’ latest proposal. Legislation introduced just last Thursday by Senators William Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) represents Republicans’ last chance at repeal under the fast-track reconciliation rules. The latest proposal would wipe ... Read More »

Ask your Senators to Restore Funding for the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Program

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Mental health services are an important pre-requisite for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  The mental health practitioner’s role has become more meaningful as the complexities surrounding treatment necessitate caring for the psychological aspects of HIV care, especially as it relates to aspects such as client medication adherence. Mental health practitioners need specific training in working with HIV-affected populations.  The Substance Abuse ... Read More »

ACTION ALERT: Call your Senators Today to Protect Health Care!

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Senate Republicans yesterday moved one step closer to their goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act. The motion to proceed to debate on health care reform passed narrowly, 51-50, with the help of Vice President Pence’s tie-breaking vote. The vote cleared the way for 20 hours of debate, equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, on the Senate’s Health Care repeal ... Read More »

ALERT: Stay Vigilant – Affordable Care Act Repeal and Replace Efforts Still in Play

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Earlier this week, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) alerted its membership to the updates in the Senate’s modified discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. The outlook for Senate action on BCRA or perhaps just a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains uncertain (CBO estimates full repeal would result in 32 ... Read More »