Political Action

Contact Your Lawmakers: Act Now to Increase Social Work Reimbursement

 Contact Your Lawmakers 

Thank you for your outreach last week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their proposed cuts in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) participating in Medicare. Over 6,000 advocates contacted CMS and expressed their concern about the harmful impact to older Americans, and social workers, of these ..Read More…

NASWCA 2019 Legislative Update

By Alejandro Contreras, MSW Candidate, NASWCA Social Work Intern

This year has seen a large amount of legislation. The total number of bill introductions for 2019 is 2,576: 1,799 Assembly Bills and 777 Senate Bills (not including constitutional amendments and resolutions). With Gavin Newsom taking the reins as Governor and California continuing to respond to ..Read More…

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 Vote This Week

The House of Representatives is slated to vote THURSDAY, APRIL 4, on
H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of
2019, introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01).

H.R.1585 is a reauthorization bill that includes narrowly-focused
enhancements to address gaps identified by victims and survivors of
domestic and sexual violence and the ..Read More…

Governor Brown Signs Dementia Training Bill into Law

Governor Brown Signs Dementia Training Bill into Law!
Governor Brown heard from more than 1200 Alzheimer’s Association advocates who sent strong, personal letters urging him to sign Senate Bill 449 (Monning) into law. Thank you to all who responded to the call to action!

The bill increases dementia training for ..Read More…

California Rep. Barbara Lee Reappointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi


One of the House’s most dedicated anti-war activists, California Rep. Barbara Lee, has been reappointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to the post of House Democratic Representative to the United Nations, POLITICO has learned.

Lee has been the focus of national news in recent weeks, with her steadfast efforts to push ..Read More…

The Importance of Supporting SB 349: the Dialysis Patient Safety Act


By Sonia Perez

Two years ago, a man in his early 40s started receiving treatment at my dialysis clinic in Riverside County, California. He seemed like a happy person and he always told me everything was fine. But a couple of months after starting, his girlfriend came in one day crying and ..Read More…

New Bill Introduced to Create Children’s Savings Accounts

 By Lisa Kopochinski, NASW-CA Editor

In December, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (AD 46) introduced a bill to create Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) for every newborn in the state of California.

Yes, when the bill is passed, every child born in California will leave the hospital with financial assets—money in a 529 account! CSA is a ..Read More…