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

2017 | NASW

Senate Republicans 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. Time is of the essence and your voice is needed now more than ever! As your Senators debate health care repeal/replace, NASW urges you to ACT NOW by emailing or calling their offices. In these final hours, we must continue to stand up to preserve access to health care services for millions of Americans.

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

2017 | NASW

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 million uninsured). The one thing that is clear is that the Senate GOP Leadership does not yet have the 51 votes to complete health care repeal and/or replace efforts. Despite these hurdles, however, the Senate GOP is working around the clock to revive health care repeal efforts. NASW urges you to contact your Senators and ask them to VOTE NO on the latest BCRA discussion draft or any ACA repeal efforts.
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Circle of Life 2017 Award Winners

2017 | NASW

The Circle of Life Awards honor innovative palliative and end-of-life care in hospices, hospitals, health care systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct care providers. The link to the 2017 Circle of Life booklet includes stories on the honorees.

NASW Submits Comments to CMS Request for Information

2017 | NASW

On July 6th, NASW submitted comments to CMS, responding to CMS–9928–NC, “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare Choices To Empower Patients.” NASW expressed support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and suggested regulatory improvements to enhance coverage and access to health care services.

NASW Issues Statement to Oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017

2017 | NASW

On June 28th NASW issued a statement encouraging individuals to contact their Senators by phone or email and let them know that the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) does not benefit vulnerable Americans or health care providers. Analysis of the Better Care Reconciliation Act shows that this bill will not improve the U.S. health care system, and instead will eliminate health insurance coverage and access to health services for millions of Americans. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 22 MILLION people will lose coverage as a result of BCRA over the next ten years.

NASW Participates in Protect Our Care Rally

2017 | NASW

On June 21st, NASW joined other groups at a rally near the U.S. Capitol to protest a Senate health care bill that would replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize health care coverage for millions of Americans.

Call for applications: Circle of Life Awards

2017 | NASW

Nominations and applications are sought for the 2018 Circle of Life Award, which recognizes innovation in palliative and end-of-life care provided in hospices, hospitals, health care systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct service settings. The award, which is administered by the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association, is cosponsored by NASW. Apply by August 14.

Congressional Briefing on Preventing Child Maltreatment of Infants from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit

2017 | NASW

On June 27th, Dr. JaNeen Cross, Social Work HEALS Policy Fellow, organized a Congressional briefing that identified strategies to prevent child maltreatment of infants from the NICU. The briefing enhanced awareness about NICU families, identified their unique needs and reviewed program and policy solutions that promote positive parenting outcomes.

NASW strongly opposes legislation to repeal Affordable Care Act

2017 | NASW

NASW released a statement in opposition to the American Health Care Act that the U.S. House narrowly passed on May 4, 2017. NASW now must its attention to the Senate to make sure they maintain key protections of the Affordable Care Act and improve it.

NASW has issued a statement urging Congress to oppose the American Health Care Act

2017 | NASW

NASW strongly urges members of the House of Representatives to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it is currently written. The association statement also contains actions social workers can take to oppose the bill and resources.

NASW joins the newly created Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health as an affiliate

2017 | NASW

the public and policymakers about the harmful effect of climate change on Americans and the health benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The group’s new report, Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health is available at:

Social Work Organizations Oppose Repeal of Affordable Care Act

2017 | NASW

NASW and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) issued a joint statement on February 13th to oppose efforts to repeal or change key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Significant gains that have been made in health insurance coverage, health care access and opportunities for health care social workers should not be undone.

Advocacy Alerts

2017 | NASW

Alert to Members regarding the Affordable Care Act.

ACA summit highlights new opportunities for social work

2014 | NASW

NASW members made up more than half of the attendees at the Social Work and Affordable Care Act Summit, held Feb. 7 in Chicago.

Uniting with schools of social work to advance the Medicaid expansion

2013 | NASW

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 urges social work programs to advocate for expansion of Medicaid, in order to provide healthcare for millions of low-income uninsured adults and families.

Third Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

2013 | NASW

Saturday, March 23rd is the three year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Since 2010, the ACA has provided millions of Americans with greater consumer protections, with expanded coverage, and with more value for their health care dollars.

Wondering How Your Caseload Compares to That of Other Case Managers?

2011 | NASW

NASW is pleased to announce the launch of the Caseload Capacity Calculator (CLC).

NASW Submits Comments on State Health Insurance Exchanges – An Essential Feature of the 2010 Affordable Care Act

2011 | NASW

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) stipulates that by 2014, each state will have an “exchange,” a health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses.

Joint Commission Launches Palliative Care Certification Program

2011 | NASW

The Joint Commission recently launched the Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care.

NASW Comments on ACOs: Professional Social Workers Essential to Patient-Centered, Coordinated Health Care

2011 | NASW

The 2010 Affordable Care Act created a new category of health care provider – the accountable care organization (ACO).

NASW Applauds Efforts to Curb Smoking with FDA Tobacco Warnings

2011 | NASW

In a press conference today, the White House announced that beginning in 2012, the FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.

NASW Advocates for Change as Member of Hospice And Palliative Care Coalition

2011 | NASW

InCoalition provides national leadership to assure a range of service options for patients & families affected by serious or life-limiting illnesses

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