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Senate Prepares Final Vote on MH Parity Bill

Take Action – Ask Your Senators to Vote for S. 3335 on the Floor The U.S. Senate may consider legislation to improve insurance coverage for mental health and addiction treatment as early as tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29. Please phone your Senators with the quick message below urging them to support this critical mental health and addictions treatment legislation. Background: The ... Read More »

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 »

Medicare Bill Passes Senate; On Way to President for Signature

Take Action! In a beginning victory for the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative, the U.S. Senate passed Medicare legislation, H.R. 6331, which will restore funding for clinical social work payments cut in 2007. The vote was 69-30 thanks to the return of Senator Ted Kennedy (MA), whose vote swayed a number of members to create a veto-proof margin. Thank you to ... Read More »

Medicare Bill Near Completion; President Signs Medicaid Moratorium

Take Action! NASW had important issues at stake in the Congress this week as major bills concerning both Medicare and Medicaid moved closer to the President for signature. Medicare Bill Falters on the Senate Floor, Re-Vote ExpectedLast night 39 Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Medicare bill (H.R.6331). The Senate fell just one vote short of a necessary 60 votes ... Read More »

Urgent Action Request from NASW

Senate floor consideration of Medicare legislation has begun and crucial votes affecting social workers are expected through next Tuesday. Due to strong White House opposition to the bill, many GOP Senators are reluctant to support this important legislation. Grassroots contacts to your Senators are needed now, urging them to support including S.1212 in the Baucus/Snowe Medicare Bill (S. 3101) and ... Read More »

Critical Medicare Social Work Provisions Reach Senate Finance Committee

ACTION NEEDED The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to begin consideration of Medicare legislation on Wednesday, December 5th.  It is very important that Finance Committee members hear now from social workers supporting three changes in Medicare law: Remove clinical social work (CSW) services from the Medicare skilled nursing facilities (SNF) consolidated payment system, permitting CSWs to bill Medicare separately, ... Read More »