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NASW-NC Advocacy Update April 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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NASW-NC advocating for you!

 

Here are a few updates on our advocacy efforts the past month:

 

Medicaid Transformation

While the state works on Medicaid Transformation implementation, NASW-NC has been at the table and advocating for social workers and our clients. We participated in the first Network Adequacy Working Group meeting at the end of March. Further, we provided public comments on FOUR Concept Papers Released by the NC Department of Health and Human Services:

TRICARE/Humana

We heard from numerous members having issues with new Humana contracts that took effect January 1, 2018.

 

These issues include:

  1. The provider representative not being responsive with providers- even after two months of trying to get through and seek answers to questions. 
  2. Providers not getting paid in a timely manner.
  3. And even, low pay rates despite our advocacy from last year to honor rates paid by Tricare.

Sadly, NASW-NC knows this isn’t just an issue for providers and clients are seeing higher copays, denial of claims, and uncertainty in services.

We have been in touch with U.S. Senators Burr and Tillis, the North Carolina Department of Veteran and Military Affairs, our national office, and other state associations impacted by this change. U.S. Senator Richard Burr is handling situations for individual members. Please contact Kay Castillo at advocacy.naswnc@socialworkers.org for more information.


School Social Workers and School Violence

We have been working with legislators on increasing the number of school social workers, increasing pay for school social workers, and creating a School Social Work Coordinator under the Department of Public Instruction.

Legislators have jumped at the opportunity to offer solutions as instances of school-based violence increase across the country and as North Carolina schools receive repeated threats. We will continue to advocate for school social workers during the legislative short session which begins May 16th!

 

Additionally, check out NASW Highlights a Growing Need for School Social Workers.


Legislative and PACE Committee Members

Thanks to those of you that responded to our call for new committee members in a past EnewSWire! We have grown both committees with new members and expect to see great outcomes this legislative session and upcoming elections in November. Thank you to our new committee members!

 

Learn more about the Legislative Committee.

Learn more about the PACE Committee.


Mental Health and Substance Use Parity

We were asked by the North Carolina Department of Insurance to help design a new page on their website to detail Mental Health and Substance Use Parity information. That website is now LIVE. Check it out and share with others!


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