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NASW joins 50 groups in a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders as they finalize appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017, asking them to reject any tobacco policy riders and reject the proposed 50% cut to the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health budget. The CDC Office on Smoking and Health plays a critical role in preventing young people from using tobacco products and helping current smokers quit.

The availability of candy flavored e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco are on the rise and influencing use in young people. Social workers who advance the wellness of children and families can learn about the issue and practice and policy avenues available to reverse the popularity of tobacco products among youth. NASW is proud to partner with organizations to combat harmful tobacco use.

NASW opposes this bill which would exempt tobacco products that entered the market between 2007 and 2016, including e-cigarettes and cigars, from FDA review and assessment of the health risks to the public.

NASW commented on OSHA's Request for Information and submitted recommendations for workplace policies and practices that respond to any acts of violence by customers/clients/patients and enhance the safety of health care social workers.

Social Work HEALS began in 2015 and is a joint initiative of the NASW and CSWE, which works to strengthen the education and training of future health care social workers.

Social Work HEALS began in 2015 and is a joint initiative of the NASW and CSWE, which works to strengthen the education and training of future health care social workers.

NASW is proud to partner with the CDC Tips From Former Smokers Campaign to promote smoking cessation for the people we serve. Social workers can impact the health of clients and families by promoting smoking cessation efforts. For resources and more information, visit:

NASW submits comments to CMS regarding market stabilization proposed rule. In response to efforts to restrict access to the health insurance marketplace, NASW has encouraged the administration to keep open enrollment at three months, reject additional administrative burdens to access Special Enrollment Periods and maximize opportunities that consumers have to connect with health insurance.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the March of Dimes, is working to establish a specialty provider network, known as Zika Care Connect (ZCC). Access to healthcare services for pregnant women and infants affected by Zika virus is critical to help ensure they receive the coordinated care they need and reduce the long-term effect of Zika on children and families. Participating providers will be included in a provider network accessible via website and a helpline, which may lead to new patient referrals.

NASW submitted comments regarding new regulations for nephrology social workers. To remedy unethical practices that steered dialysis clients away from Medicaid and Medicare insurance coverage, social workers will now be required to counsel patients regarding all insurance coverage options. NASW recommends that dialysis facilities evaluate staffing and if needed, increase the number of social work staff to adequately deliver psychosocial support services and administrative tasks to dialysis clients, as required by CMS.

A summary report from the NASW Social Work Policy Institute’s 2011 think tank symposium, which convened key stakeholders representing state and federal government agencies, community-based agencies, national professional and provider organizations, universities and policy entities to set an agenda to improve children’s health outcomes in the health reform era.

The NASW Social Work Policy Institute brought together representatives from federal agencies, foundations, national organizations, service providers, front-line practice, research and education to further articulate a vision for social work in the increasingly complex health and behavioral health care service delivery arena and to make recommendations to achieve this vision.

NASW comments on CMS-9968-ANPRM, regarding the final regulations proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on preventive health services under provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, specifically section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act (CMS 9968 ANPRM).

In December 2011, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a bulletin on the Essential Health Benefits (EHB), an important component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

NASW comments on the proposed rules for the Medicaid program changes Patient Protection and Care of 2010.

The following are NASW recommendations for components to include in the EHB package.

The following are NASW recommendations strengthen the proposed regulations.

NASW comments on the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO5)

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