Aging Policy & News

NASW Advocates for Access to Medicare Home Health Services


Aug 24, 2020

In its comment on a proposed rule addressing the Medicare Home Health benefit for calendar year 2021, NASW stressed the benefits of telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency but encouraged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to forgo permanent authorization of telehealth by Medicare-certified home health agencies. The association also expressed concerns about how the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model has affected Medicare beneficiaries' access to home health services and urged CMS to remedy these problems.


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15

National Center on Elder Abuse

Jun 10, 2020

Join NASW in observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15 and throughout the month of June. Visit the WEAAD Web site of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), for which NASW serves as an advisory board member, for observance tools, planning tips, activity ideas, podcast recordings, and a social media guide. Find an event online or in your community and add your own WEAAD event to the event map to boost participation.


NASW Advocates for Access to Social Work Services in Home Health


Jun 01, 2020

NASW submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urging the agency to allow provision of medical social services via telehealth in Medicare-certified home health agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Supporting Seniors During Social Distancing

NASW Social Work Talks podcast

Mar 31, 2020

Lindsay Brine is a former educator and current social work student at New York University. She speaks about supporting older residents of New York City through social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic.


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.


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