NASW, MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER

QUICK NEWS!

In January 2018, the social work licensing law is up for repeal!  Now is the time to contact your Mississippi State Representative and Senator to ask for their support!  Contact our office at info.naswms@socialworkers.org to get more information!

The NASW, MS Chapter 2018 Legislative Agenda will be published soon!  Watch this page for details, and complete your Member Survey for consideration of your concerns!     

Social Work Advocacy Day at the Capitol will be held February 15, 2018! This year the morning will be a meeting session at Galloway Methodist Church, and press conference at the Capitol at 11:30 am.  More details to follow - Save that Date!


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   CONTINUED ADVOCACY FOR MISSISSIPPIANS AND AMERICANS IS CRITICAL TO PREVENT FURTHER EROSION OF CARE FOR HUMANKIND IN OUR COUNTRY....  

 Analysis of the most recent healthcare bill, the  Better Care Reconciliation Act shows that this bill would not improve the U.S. health care system, but would eliminate health insurance coverage and access to health services for millions of Americans.  We had a victory in killing the bill the last week of July, but more bills that will  erode our healthcare and other programs are sure to follow.

 In the last healthcare bill, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 22-32 MILLION people will lose coverage as a result of BCRA over the next ten years.  Though this bill would reduce the deficit by $321 billion, the reductions are achieved primarily by drastically reducing Medicaid by nearly a trillion dollars over ten years. These changes will significantly limit health care coverage for those over age 50, low-income people, children, pregnant women and individuals with disabilities who depend on the Medicaid program.  This includes nursing home patients.

NASW OPPOSES: 

Capped Funding for Medicaid- The Senate bill cuts billions of dollars from the Medicaid program by converting it to a capped funding model beginning in 2020, giving states limited funds to cover Medicaid beneficiaries.  The per-person cap would not adequately cover eligible people in each state, eventually causing a reduction in services and restrictions on eligibility.  This WILL affect DISABLED AND THOSE IN NURSING HOMES!!! 

State Waivers that Allow Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients- Though the Medicaid program is a key support for people who are currently working, BRCA allows states to institute work requirements in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage for adults who are nonelderly, not disabled or pregnant.  There is no consideration for childcare, elder care, or other supports that make working (being tax-paying citizens) feasible. 

Defunding of Planned Parenthood- The Senate bill eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year, cutting off health care access for their clinics, which serve all women in need of preventive and routine health services, such as birth control.

...3/4 of the services provided by these clinics are contraception to all ages of women, and testing for and treating sexually transmitted diseases!!!  

State Waivers that Make Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Services Optional- The Senate bill allows states to alter Essential Health Benefits and make insurance coverage for behavioral health services optional.  This proposal will very likely greatly limit access to supportive services and treatment for individuals with mental illness and opioid and other substance use disorders.  The MS Dept. of Mental Health is currently reducing staff due to extreme state funding cuts by the MS Legislature.  We are in dire need of resources in our state for even the most basic mental health and substance abuse coverage! 

Making Insurance More Expensive for Older Adults - The Senate bill changes the ACA subsidy structure by cutting tax credits for older adults - those between the ages of 55-65 years - and allows insurers to charge older people up to five times more for insurance than younger Americans. 

Tax Cuts for Wealthy Americans-The Senate bill cuts health care of low and middle income Americans and uses it to provide significant tax cuts for pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, corporations and wealthy Americans!!!

What do YOU believe is the right thing to do about healthcare?  Examine your own values, review your NASW Code of Ethics....is healthcare a right or a privilege

Remember YOUR NASW MEMBERSHIP makes social work advocacy possible!!  We need you to stand with us and support healthcare rights!

Join us now!

NASW Member Services 800-742-4089 M – F, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm ET   membership@naswdc.org

Thank you from your NASW, MS Advocacy Team

Janice Sandefur, ACSW, LCSW

Executive Director, NASW MS

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Suggested format for FAX OR EMAIL to Congressmen and Senators for Presidential Priorities:  

Congressman ____________,  (or Senator______________)

 

As your Mississippi constituent, I am writing to express serious concerns regarding the priorities of our current national administration.  As active participants in the national legislative process, I want to request that you:

 

1)  Prevent my taxpayer money from being used to build a wall separating the USA from Mexico now or at any time

2)  Use my taxpayer funds to restore funds to education, healthcare and social programs that benefit ALL American citizens

    Mississippi is already on the bottom of lists of markers of health and education in our country - you are supporting further decline

    by voting for policies reducing funding and shutting down agencies and the federal government programs

3)  Use proven, evidence-based studies to determine your decisions and stand for people and programs, NOT more wealth for the

     top 1% of the population

 

As a fellow Mississippian, I urge you to consider the current and future realities facing our state and country as you represent me and all Mississippians when you vote.

 

Thank you,

 

I’m a Voter

Nameoftown, Mississippi

 

Contact information:

 

Senator Thad Cochran                                   Senator Roger Wicker                                         

Ph: (202) 224 5054                                          Ph: (202) 224 6253

Fx: (202) 224 9450                                          Fx: (202)228 0378

https://cochran.senate.gov                       https://www.wicker.senate.gov 


Congressman Steve Palazzo            Congressman Greg Harper               Congressman Bennie Thompson                     Congressman Trent Kelly 

Ph: (202) 225 5772                              Ph: (202) 225 5031                               Ph: (202) 225 5876                                               Ph: (202) 225 4306

Fx: ( 202) 225 7074                               Fx:  (202) 225                                     Fx: (202) 225 5898                                               Fx: (202) 225 3549

https:// palazzo.house.gov              https://harper.house.gov                https://benniethompson.house.gov                 https://trentkelly.house.gov


              


2017 Social Work Advocacy Day at the Capitol

We had a fantastic turnout of 380 students, faculty, and others to support the Day of Empathy/#cut50, listen to legislators discuss the process and a number of bills, and participate in a wonderful press conference with Jessica Sloan of #cut50.  We also want to thank the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, MS #cut50, and the MS Wrap-arouond Services for supporting our efforts by kicking off the even with a reception the evening before at The Parlor Market. It was indeed a fantastic event. We are already gearing up for next year, with a series of events planned as the Social Work licensing law sunsets in 2018....see our Facebook page for pictures at National Association of Social Workers, MS Chapter.  
                 


 National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter 
     LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WITH BILLS BELOW
  


  *Our agenda is adopted by our board of directors for social workers to use in their advocacy efforts.    

                                                                                *Bills that are no longer listed have died*

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 -  We suggest removing beginning line 27 "approve veto or modify any rules, regulation," to prohibit over-regulation by the governor. There are cost concerns related to providing extra attorneys. (See Section 5). – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1490: Fiscal Budget for the MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and family therapists . – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

Support Medicaid Expansion 


HB 1090:  Revising eligibility for Medicaid and Human Services Transparency and Fraud Prevention Act and other states agencies; Medicaid currently faces under funding by 88 million. Chairman Brown has found millions of dollars in funding to provide an out of state company to assess eligibility.-SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR 

HB 1092: Relating to revising the qualifications for the executive director of the division of Medicaid. –  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1510/1521: 
These bills do not provide adequate funding for Medicaid. We support increased funding for Medicaid.  – Due From Governor 04/20/17
HB 1512
: Department of Human Services; We support increased funding over the amount allocated in these bills.  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1513: Department of Child Protection Services; We support increased funding over the amount allocated in these billsSIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

SB 2138: Relating to designating the chairman of the senate Medicaid committee as a member of the Medicaid medical care advisory committee- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR.

SB 2514: To establish and prescribe responsibilities for the Mississippi Advisory Council on faith-based initiatives within the office of the governor. SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR



Support a change in the current flag of Mississippi

ALL BILLS DIED


Support an increase in tax on higher income (over $250,000) or luxury goods (boats, cars, etc.) to generate additional revenue. 

NO BILLS WERE SUBMITTED


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

ALL BILLS DIED


Additional areas of concern

HB 263
: Relating to clarifying conduct that is considered being bullying behavior. Including certain protections for students. -  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR  
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. – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
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. – 
Due From Governor 04/20/17

HB 1119: To revise the manner in which teleconference and video meetings are required to be held under the Open Meetings Act- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

HB 1330: Relating to Abolishing Certain Inactive Boards, Commissions, Councils, Committees, Authorities, Task Forces and Panels- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1356: 
To authorize a criminal sexual assault protection order -  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

SB 2311: Creating tax exempt accounts under the MS Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
SB 2680: Technical amendment bill for Child Protective Services; Representative Gipson adds “evidentiary standards” for judges to use in divorce cases, which would provide them with guidance on what is abusive physical conduct. -  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
SB 2689: Prohibits personal use of campaign funds –  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

SB 2710: Authorize all Mississippi law enforcement officers to assist federal agencies by legally detaining illegal aliens. – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
SB 2976: Relating to making an appropriation to defray the expenses of the department of mental health and certain programs of the division of alcohol and drug abuse for the fiscal year 2018.- Due From Governor 04/20/17

SB 3015: Making additional appropriation of general funds, Capital Expense funds, and Special funds to defray the expenses of the department of finance and Administration for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018- Due From Governor 04/20/17


Thank you for your support of professional social work in Mississippi! Please contact our office for any information or assistance on social work matters.

     Your Advocacy Team,       

NASW, MS Chapter 
naswms@bellsouth.net 

601.936.0557  

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------You can access up to the minute information on all legislative activity as well as find out

 how to contact your Senators, Representatives and other elected officials by going to

 the Mississippi Legislative website:   http://legislature.ms.gov.


Find out who your personal Representative and Senator are by clicking on

http://openstates.org and use your address To find out where to go vote visit

www.vote411.org.


Another link that provides legislative information on a state and national level

 is:  www.statepolicy.org


Below are Links to Other Social Concern Websites...

 

http://mhap.org/index.php - Mississippi Health Advocacy Program

 

http://splcenter.org/ - Southern Poverty Law Center


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