Responding to New Administration Proposal on Discrimination in Health Care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed extensive changes to the regulation implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which would dramatically rollback protections against discrimination in health care and health insurance for vulnerable populations, particularly older adults and people with disabilities. Ultimately, these changes would lead to higher rates of uninsured adults and uncompensated care, negatively affecting safety net providers like our member agencies and undermining the health of the older adults and individuals with disabilities you serve. NJHSA submitted a formal comment to HHS opposing these proposals. We will update you with any developments.
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National Association of Social Workers: Protect Child Migrants!
Urge your governor to take proactive steps to ensure the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of child migrants held in local detention facilities! Governors and state lawmakers in states where HHS and ORR facilities are located likely have the authority to order state oversight agencies to investigate these facilities. Social workers in these states are urged to contact their governors and state lawmakers to urge them to promptly follow up on reports of suspected child maltreatment at these facilities, including CPS and facility licensing agencies. Click here for a sample letter.
Source America: Protect Jobs for People with Disabilities & Veterans
A recent court decision and regulatory guidance regarding the “Rule of Two” could result in the loss of employment opportunities for veterans and other people with significant disabilities. Tell Your Senators to ACT NOW To Protect Jobs For People With Disabilities and Veterans! Please click here to take action.