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NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – December 16, 2009

Senate Continues Consideration of Health Care Reform The Senate is currently debating health care reform legislation. Numerous amendments are pending and each will require 60 votes for passage, a high threshold for inclusion. NASW has mobilized its members on reproductive rights, coverage for routine patient care costs associated with clinical trials participation, and we anticipate further mobilization on other issues ... Read More »

Urge Senate "Aye" Vote on Health Care Reform

Take Action Today – Click here! Action Requested Please contact your Senator today and urge them to support passage of health care reform legislation. Tell them passage of this legislation (H.R. 3590) is vital to rebuilding the nation’s health and economic security and you urge an “aye” vote on the floor. NASW members that are constituents of the following Senators ... Read More »

Support The Child Welfare Workforce Improvement Act (S. 2837)

Take Action! S. 2837, The Child Welfare Workforce Improvement Act, was recently introduced by Senator Lincoln and aims to improve the child welfare workforce for the thousands of children and families who depend on this system every day. NASW lobbyists worked for many years to create this legislation, in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund and other coalition partners, and we ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – December 9, 2009

Several Amendments Dominate Debate in Senate on Health Care Reform There are 91 amendments to the Senate Health Care Reform bill. A list of all the Senate amendments to the Health Care Reform bill can be found here. The list is compiled by OpenLeft.com, a news, analysis and action website dedicated toward building a progressive governing majority in America. State-by ... Read More »

Stressful Jobs with Low Pay

Dear Colleague, I am writing to ask you, and every single NASW member, to contact your members of Congress and show your full support for the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 795/ S.686) . This is the first piece of federal legislation ever introduced that will directly address the workforce challenges that ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – November 24, 2009

Because Congress will be in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Health Care Roundup on Tuesday, December 1. The next publication will be on Tuesday, December 8. Rally on Reproductive Choice in Health Care Reform The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the health care reform legislation sponsored by Bart Stupak (MI-1) and Joe Pitts ... Read More »

News from the Hill – November 2009

House Passes Health Care Reform Legislation In an historic vote, the House passed major health care reform legislation on November 7, with a vote of 220-215. NASW supported the health care reform bill (H.R. 3962), which included a Medicare provision allowing clinical social workers to bill independently for serving certain nursing home residents. However, we were greatly disappointed in the ... Read More »

NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – October 26, 2009

Congress Extends the Ryan White Act Last week, Congress passed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. The bill will extend for four years the Ryan White Program, which provides lifesaving and life-extending health care, medications and support services to over 530,000 low-income people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. On October 21, the bill passed the ... Read More »

Hate Crimes Passes: On to President

The National Association of Social Workers has steadfastly been involved with hate crimes legislation for over a decade. On October 22, 2009 NASW’S tireless efforts came to fruition with the passage, by the Senate, of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act by a 68-29 vote. The hate crimes initiative was included in the Fiscal Year ... Read More »

Medicare Fee Schedule Update

Clinical social workers that participate in Medicare Part B will have their payment rates protected against a large cut provided the Senate acts favorably on the “Medicare Physician Fairness Act of 2009” (S. 1776). This legislation would permanently repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that determines future payment rates in Medicare and TRICARE. The SGR formula is frequently inappropriately ... Read More »