Aging Policy & News

Provide Your Input to Federal Advisory Councils on Family Caregiving

Administration for Community Living

Dec 09, 2019

In August the Administration for Community Living (ACL) launched two new advisory councils: one focused on grandparents raising grandchildren and the other addressing a broad array of family caregiving experiences. Each council includes a social worker. Learn about the work of each council, access recordings and other materials from the inaugural meetings, and submit input to inform each council's initial report to Congress. Comments are due to ACL on February 7, 2020.


NASW Submits Feedback on Federal Elder Justice Priorities


Sep 25, 2019

The association submitted comments to the Administration for Community Living regarding priorities for the Elder Justice Coordinating Council (EJCC). These comments addressed the ways in which the council benefits NASW and the social work profession, as well as how it could benefit the elder justice community as a whole; how the EJCC could support the creation and enhancement of state-level systems of services and supports; and how the EJCC could measure its impact and effectiveness on state systems and on people who have experienced elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.


NASW Advocates for Medicare Beneficiaries and Clinical Social Workers in Its Response to Proposed Changes to Medicare Part B


Sep 24, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would alter various aspects of beneficiary access to services and provider reimbursement under Medicare Part B in calendar year 2020. NASW's comments addressed, among other topics, care management services, colorectal screening, and beneficiaries' ability to access independent clinical social work services while receiving skilled nursing facility benefits.


NASW Champions Continued Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Older Adults and Other Populations


Sep 23, 2019

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a rule that would change categorical eligibility requirements for SNAP. NASW opposed the proposed rule, which would decrease access to SNAP for older adults and other populations.


NASW Advocates for High-Quality Long-Term Care Facility Services


Sep 13, 2019

NASW submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on a proposed rule that would weaken requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-certified long-term care facilities. In its comments, the association urged CMS to retain the 2016 requirements regarding resident grievances, antipsychotic medications, and compliance and ethics, among other topics.


New Geriatrics Academic Career Awards (GACAs) Support Social Workers


Aug 19, 2019

GACA prepares clinician educators to train the next generations of health care professionals specializing in aging. NASW is a longimte supporter of the program. In August 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) granted GACAs to 26 accredited schools across 16 states. Faculty supported by the grants include two social workers, Samantha Cotton (University of Louisville) and Bronwyn Keefe (Boston University).


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