VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION NOW TO
STOP SOCIAL WORKER PAYMENT CUTS
Deadline: Friday, September 27
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed two reductions in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) who are Medicare providers. These proposed cuts include a four (4) percent cut in 2020 for code revisions or a seven (7) percent cut in 2021 to increase reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services which are provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes these cuts.
The proposed reductions are included in the proposed rule issued by CMS, “File Code CMS-1715-P; CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Payment Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies.”
CSWs are already only reimbursed at 75% of the physician fee schedule, lower than any other mental health provider in Medicare Part B. NASW’s congressional champions have introduced legislation in the House and Senate to increase this rate to 85%.
If CSWs cannot afford to remain in Medicare, then millions of Medicare beneficiaries, including older adults and persons with disabilities, will lose access to essential mental health services. The nation can ill afford to implement these disincentives to CSW participation in this major federal program.
Even if you are not a Medicare provider, it is important to note that private insurance often follows Medicare’s lead when updating payment rates and policies. In other words, this proposal may affect all CSWs.
We urge you to reach out to CMS by this Friday, September 27 to make your voice heard. Simply click on the link below to send a pre-completed email to CMS Administrator Seema Verma expressing your opposition to the proposed payment cuts.
NASW is submitting comments on the proposed rule.
Thank you for your engagement in this critically important advocacy effort.
Many people wait too long before seeking mental health treatment.
Part of the reason for the delay is that not everyone recognizes the signs of mental illness—it’s time to change that. With your help, NAMI is working to ensure that more people get the help they need early.
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Early intervention is key. One in five American adults experience a mental illness, but only 43% of them accessed care in the last year. One of NAMI’s top priorities is educating as many people as possible to recognize the warning signs of a mental health condition and to promote early intervention.
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Work for the NASW Ohio Chapter – We’re hiring a Development Associate!
Join our small but mighty three-person team at the Ohio Chapter of NASW. We’re looking for a social worker who is enthusiastic about the profession and experienced in administrative functions and event planning. This person will represent NASW and build our capacity by managing our Chapter’s events and membership recruitment and retention. Applicants need to have a degree in social work and be able to work at our office in Columbus, Ohio. Salary $40,000-$50,000. Women, minorities, and disabled folks are strongly encouraged to apply. Get the job description and application at naswoh.org/hiring.
The Older Americans Act (OAA) helps older adults to engage in their communities and to maintain and improve dignity, health, and independence. Services funded through the OAA include case management, elder abuse prevention, family caregiver supports, nutrition programs, transportation, and in-home assistance. In partnership with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, and other groups, NASW has advocated consistently for OAA funding.
The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018, passed and signed into law (P.L. 115-141) in late March, included increased funding (as compared to FY 2017) for some OAA programs and other programs critical to the well-being of older adults:
- OAA Title II programs: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
- OAA Title III programs: Preventive Health, Family Caregiver Support, Nutrition Services, and Home and Community-Based Supportive Services
- OAA Title VI programs: caregiver support services and nutrition and supportive services for American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawai’ians
- OAA Title VII programs: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect Programs; Elder Justice Initiative and other Elder Rights Support Activities
- State Health Insurance Assistance Program (partial restoration of funding cut in FY 2017)
- Alzheimer’s Disease Program: part of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, created in 2010 by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-14)
- Section 202 program: provides housing for older adults with low incomes
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: benefits many older adults
- National Institutes of Health: research on Alzheimer’s and related dementias
- Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
- National Health Service Corps and Area Health Education Centers
- Community Development Block Grant.
Moreover, the law included level funding for other programs that had faced severe cuts during the FY 2018 appropriations process:
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Elder Falls Prevention, both under the auspices of the PPHF
- Senior Community Services Employment Program Senior Corps: includes Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companion programs
- Community Services Block Grant and Social Services Block Grant.
These appropriations constitute a significant victory for the OAA and for other aging programs.
Send a message to your members of Congress to underscore the importance of funding for the OAA and other programs integral to the health and well-being of older adults.
National Association of Social Workers – Wyoming Chapter
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is seeking a part-time (.6 FTE) Executive Director for the Wyoming Chapter. Applicants will possess strong nonprofit association management skills, a substantial knowledge of the social work profession, and a strong commitment to social work values. Applicants will also have leadership skills that engage, inspire, and mobilize the Association’s membership.
NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 120,000 members nationwide. The Wyoming Chapter has approximately 275 members statewide and is presently headquartered in Cheyenne. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound and just social policies.
The position is for 24 hours per week with a competitive salary in the low-thirties, plus excellent benefits, including health and life insurance, and retirement. The Chapter Executive Director reports to the NASW Deputy Director of Chapter Operations at the National Office and is accountable to the Wyoming Chapter Board of Directors. Travel across the state of Wyoming is a required component of the position.
- Leadership experience working with professional or non-profit organizations and their volunteer Boards
- Minimum of 3-5 years of executive leadership experience
- Demonstrated ability to work independently while meeting organizational goals and timelines
- Exceptional executive management and administrative skills with oversight of multiple programs
- Exceptional written and oral communications skills
- College degree required; MSW preferred
- Experience in development of membership recruiting, engagement, and support
- Demonstrated program development and implementation experience
- Strong experience and skills in the areas of public policy, advocacy and the legislative process
- Ability to manage administrative tasks in conjunction with the NASW National Office
- Experience in fundraising
- Demonstrated budget and financial management skills
- Experience working with traditional and social media
- Proficiency with Office products software, including Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, as well as working in the online/“cloud” environment.
Only electronic applications will be accepted. Applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume email to NASWWYexecsearch@gmail.com no later than May 13.
- A current resume
- A brief written summary statement/cover letter of administrative, leadership, program development/implementation and advocacy experience
NASW-WY is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Applicants from diverse communities are encouraged to apply.
The National Association of Social Workers will be holding its Online Career Fair on March 29, 2018 12:00-4:00PM EST. Job Seekers register for free!
The NASW Virtual Career Fair is an event where highly qualified candidates and employers can interact with each other in a live, online platform brought to you by Brazen. As a career fair participant, you will receive:
- A virtual booth with your company’s logo;
- Three recruiter registrations;
- One 30-day job posting to the NASW JobLink and 20% off any additional JobLink purchases through April 2018;
- Additional company exposure and job postings when you upgrade to a Silver or Gold package!
The NASW JobLink, the exclusive job board of the National Association of Social Work is the ideal place to post your open positions. Here are just a few of the reasons:
- NASW consists of 132,000 highly qualified social workers throughout the US.
- The association website attracts a monthly average of 58,000 page views.
- Each job posting is viewed by an average of 850 top job seekers.
- The JobLink provides access to over 3,200 resumes of top talented social work professionals.
- Since NASW is affiliated with the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN), you’ll have the opportunity to access over 96,000 industry-specific resumes.
- The Career Center lets you fill all your healthcare job posting needs by allowing you to post jobs in any category or discipline of healthcare to the NHCN, even if it’s not related to this association.
- Customized Booth w/Logo
- 3 Recruiter Registrations
- 1 Listing on NASW JobLink
- 20% Off Job Listings Thru Apr
- Customized Booth
- Priority Placement of Booth
- 4 Recruiter Registrations
- 2 Listings on NASW JobLink
- 30Day JobLink Feature Employer
- 20% Off Job Listings Thru Apr
- Premium Customized Booth
- Premium Placement of Booth
- 5 Recruiter Registrations
- 3 Job Listings on NASW JobLink
- 60Day JobLink Feature Employer
- 20% Off Job Listings Thru Apr
To register for the Online Career Fair click here.
As a reminder, under the ACA, nearly six million low- and moderate-income people are eligible to receive CSR subsidies, which lower their deductibles and other health care costs. The federal government directly reimburses insurers for those costs. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the CSR reimbursements come to nearly $7 billion a year. Individual eligibility to qualify for CSR subsidies requires a single adult have yearly income no more than 250 percent of the poverty line.
According to analysis, President Trump’s executive order expects to yield the following results:
- Insurance companies who participate in ACA exchanges will anticipate losing significant revenues due to loss of CSR payments and will likely end participation in the marketplace;
- There will be an almost immediate increase of uninsured. This is based on a Congressional Budget Office estimate that ending the CSR payments will raise the number of uninsured people by 1 million in 2018;
- Those most directly impacted will be:
- Low-to-moderate income individuals and families in the exchanges will see premiums rise dramatically – those enrolled in silver plans can expect to see a premium increase of 19% or more.
- Individuals and families that have incomes at 100-138% of poverty are unlikely to be impacted, as this population enjoys guaranteed coverage either through subsidies or through Medicaid expansion.
In addition to halting CSR payments, the Administration’s Executive Order – Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States – paves the way for small businesses to offer ‘bare bones” health insurance to their employees. In essence, the Executive Order will allow small businesses to purchase short-term policies for their employees, but will not have to comply with ACA mandates to cover those with pre-existing conditions.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event was conceived by the National Coalition against Domestic Violence in 1981, with the intent of setting aside October to link advocates across the nation to end violence against women and children. The themes of this advocacy period are:
- Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
- Celebrating those who have survived
- Connecting those who work to end violence
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) joins the nation in bringing awareness to the effort to prevent the horrors of domestic violence.
We should be reminded that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone is physically abused by an intimate partner every 20 minutes. On an annual basis, over 10 million people experience domestic violence. Although incidents occur among all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, ages, and levels of socioeconomic status, over 85 percent of reported victims are women.
Advocates will need to be prepared to actively support reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act of 2018 (VAWA). This critical legislation-which has been in place since 1994-is up for reauthorization in FY 2018.
Resources for Information on Domestic Violence
National Coalition against Domestic Violence
U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women https://www.justice.gov/ovw/domestic-violence
CDC Violence Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html
National Network to End Domestic Violence