NASW, MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER




                            NOW ACCEPTING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION!!


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MS LEGISLATURE ACTION ALERT!  CALL, FAX, EMAIL NOW!

 

HB 1425 PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FRIDAY AND GOES TO THE SENATE!

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TO ASK FOR  A "NO” VOTE ON HB 1425!!! 

 The bill goes much farther than the original intent to protect the occupational boards and their members from federal antitrust lawsuits, now allowing the Governor to independently review all rules, regulations, restraints and enforcements of each board using the least restrictive regulations with focus on promoting competition, innovation and job growth.  In essence the Governor will control the occupational boards, what they do and regulate, and add another layer of bureaucratic management to everyone who is licensed, certified, or registered to practice their profession.  The ability of the professionals who practice may be compromised.  To review the bill, click on the following link:

 House Bill 1425 actions and bill text (choose the pdf version)    http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2017/pdf/history/HB/HB1425.xml

You can also see how your Representative voted (passed 61-58): http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2017/pdf/votes/house/0380010.pdf

The Clarion Ledger has an article today about this bill http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/10/bill-put-guv-over-licencing-boards-bill-limbo/97742026/

 

MORE BILLS ON OUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA MADE IT OUT OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND ARE MOVING AHEAD;  NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION IN THE COMMITTEES THEY WILL BE REFERRED TO AND TO MAKE CONTACTS IN THE OPPOSITE CHAMBER!!     

 CAN’T FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR? THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOU: 

                           VOTE411.org        openstates.org 

 Want to review the content of the bills listed?  Click here:   http://legislature.ms.gov                                          

          

           NASW-MS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WITH BILLS BELOW

 

Maintain Social Work Licensure with current language in the law.

No Active Bills


 Oppose combining MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists with other Boards.

HB 1425:  Occupation Board Compliance Act of 2017 --  OPPOSE!!!  -Passed House

SB 2567: Governor controls departments of health, mental health, rehabilitation, and removes civil rights of employees in their agencies – OPPOSE   motion to reconsider  DEAD

HB 1330:  Abolish inactive Boards, Commissions, etc.---Watching for amendments  Passed House

 

Support Medicaid Expansion

HB 318: Relating to creating the save the rural Hospital Act – SUPPORT – to Senate

HB 1090: Revising eligibility for Medicaid and Human Services Transparency and Fraud Prevention Act and other states agencies – OPPOSE – passed House

HB 1092: Removes all medical background requirements for executive director of the division of Medicaid. – OPPOSE --  to Senate

HB 1216: Mississippi Legislative PEER committee to evaluate the Affordable Care Act implementation in Mississippi. – OPPOSE  DEAD

SB 2330: Tough Medicaid Verification. This bill would discourage people from applying for Medicaid and make it more difficult for anyone to ever get through the hoops to become eligible. – OPPOSE – To House

SB 2138:  Chair of Senate Medicaid Committee joins Medicaid Advisory Board – OPPOSE  -- To House

 

Support providing adequate funding for public education (K-12, Community Colleges & Universities).

HB 423: Relating to require all agencies, departments, institutions and political subdivisions of the state that provide programs or services to children in this state to annually create an itemized list of the program and services provided to children-SUPPORT – to Senate

HB 1036: Vouchers to pay for private schools. This started out as a bill to help those with dyslexia, but has been transformed into a real voucher bill that would put public dollars into private schools – OPPOSE  DEAD

SB 2340: To restrict and remove the state medical, dental, graduate/professional school forgivable loan programs ending with the 2016/2017 academic year. – OPPOSE --  To House

SB 2607: and HB 1294: – These are the “dummy” bills to revise MAEP and lower the commitment to public schools. There is nothing in them now, but sets up a process for the conference committee, at the end of the session, to plug in any formula they want and call for an up or down vote. – OPPOSE  BOTH BILLS DEAD

 

Additional areas action needed!

HB 162: Creating tax exempt accounts under the MS Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. (Companion Bill: SB 2311) – SUPPORT  --  To Senate

HB 263: Relating to clarifying conduct that is considered being bullying behavior. Including certain protections for students. – SUPPORT  --  Passed House

HB 476: Relating to providing that in cases of reports of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Child Protective Services shall notify the applicable military installation family advocacy program if it is a military family. – SUPPORT  --  To Senate

HB 638: This bill authorizes Capital Punishment “by any means necessary.” In an attempt to get around the problems with the lethal injection drugs, this says to either change the drugs, go back to the electric chair, or use a firing squad.- OPPOSE  --  Passed House

HB 1013: Relating to making technical amendments to provisions of law relating to and give certain powers and duties to department of child protection services. – SUPPORT --  To Senate

HB 1033: Enact the Recommendations of the Re-entry Council. This would clean up some of the problems that impact parolees and others released from prison. – SUPPORT  -- Motion to Reconsider Tabled

SB 2145: Reduction in sanctions for parole violations – SUPPORT – Passed House

SB 2222: Private prisons evaluated for recidivism rate. – SUPPORT --  To House

SB 2302: Enhance opportunity for post-prison employment. “Ban the Box” – SUPPORT  DEAD

SB 2689: Prohibits personal use of campaign funds – SUPPORT – Passed Senate

SB 2842: Mental Health Diversion Pilot Program Act  – SUPPORT – To House

HB  489:  Authorize & provide certification for Mental Health Courts.  SUPPORT  --  To Senate

SB 2484:  Personal Campaign Finance restrictions – SUPPORT – To Senate

SB 2484:  Create Family Empowerment Act – Support – Passed Senate

SB 2710:  MS Law Enforcement Assist Federal Agencies in collection of illegal immigrants – OPPOSE – Motion to Reconsider

 

If you are an NASW member, thank you for your support of professional social work in Mississippi, which make our advocacy efforts possible!  

If you are not an NASW member, WE NEED YOU!!  Join today at www.socialworkers.org/membercenter/

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NASW MS Annual Conference "Social Workers Stand Up"  March 29-31, 2017

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17!!

To Register online click
https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nbqrf 

We need your nominations for Social Worker of the Year, Social Worker Lifetime Achievement Award, and Public Citizen of the Year   

SEE CONFERENCE PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE FOR REGISTRATION AND AWARD DETAILS!!




SOCIAL WORKERS!  CONTINUE TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

CONTACT SENS. COCRAN AND WICKER TO SHARE YOUR CONCERN OVER THE CABINET APPOINTEES AND ALLOWING STEVE BANNON TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL!!!
Sen. Cochran  202-224-5054   Sen. Wicker  202-224-6253
The Senate Homeland Security Committee is in charge of the National Security Council
202-224-4751  or go to www.opencongress.org  for more contact info
NOTE:  Send fax or postcards as letters are not delivered for weeks due to anthrax screening***
You can find more information on NASW's opposition to the Cabinet appointees by going to  http://www.socialworkblog/advocacy/

CONTINUE TO CALL AND FAX TO STOP REPEAL OF THE 
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT!!

Background

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has extended health insurance coverage and health services to millions of Americans is at risk.  In the second week of January, Congress passed a budget resolution and began the process to repeal the ACA without any replacement plan.  President Trump then signed an executive order on his first day in office to encourage federal agencies to minimize the impact of the ACA.

Repeal of the ACA, including Medicaid expansion, puts 30 million Americans at risk of losing health insurance coverage in the next two years and jeopardizes access to preventive services and access to mental health and substance use disorder services for all.  Protections, including coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, cannot be preserved if the ACA is repealed.  ACA repeal will have devastating consequences for the health of individuals and communities, and providers and organizations that provide health care and wellness services.

NASW is working in collaboration with organizations, advocates and members to preserve the ACA and the health gains that the United States has seen since its implementation.


GO TO www.socialworkers.org FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:

 

NASW Practice Alert on Health Care Changes in 2017

NASW Statement on Rep Tom Price Nomination

NASW signs onto MHLG Letter to Congressional Leaders asking them to preserve access to crucial mental health and substance use disorder services and programs

NASW signs on to letter opposing blocking individuals from accessing services at Planned Parenthood

Congressional Budget Office, How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums

Urban Institute, Impacts of the ACA and Implications for its Repeal

 

Action Requested

CONTINUE to call, fax, and e-mail your members of Congress today to ask them to save the ACA!   

                                                 



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