On November 8th, NASW – together with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) – sent a joint letter to over 300 program chairs in social work programs around the country, encouraging them to engage their students, faculty and alumni to advocate for the Medicaid expansion in their states.
The letter, signed by the leadership of the three associations, urges social work programs to advocate for expansion of Medicaid, in order to provide healthcare for millions of low-income uninsured adults and families. Currently, 25 states have opted not to expand their Medicaid programs. Health care, social service and advocacy organizations are working to educate their governors and state legislators about the need for the expansion.
“Social work students, faculty and alumni are among our profession’s best advocates for social change,” said Angelo McClain, NASW Chief Executive Officer. “We hope to harness their energy and passion to improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.”