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May 2018 Advocacy Updates

Monday, May 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
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May 2018 Advocacy Update

Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation


This update includes critical information on the Health Information Exchange, Improving Aging and Adult Services in North Carolina, Medicaid Transformation, Action needed to save Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and the upcoming short session!

Health Information Exchange

NASW-NC has been advocating for providers who are required to use electronic health record systems by June 1, 2019. Medicaid providers, state health plan providers, and anyone else receiving state funding must use an electronic health record and be connected to the state’s Health Information Exchange Authority by this time.

See NASW-NC’s Health Information Exchange Resource for Members on who needs to connect, how to get an extension, and what you need to know!


BREAKING NEWS!
NASW-NC has been advocating for funding to help behavioral health providers connect. For a limited time only, you can apply for funding incentives from May 1- 31, 2018. Funding is on a first come, first serve basis!

More information: https://hiea.nc.gov/providers/behavioral-health-ehr-funding-program

To apply: https://ncruralhealth.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSC6v98ZuflrKT3

For questions about eligibility for the funding program, contact Lakeisha Moore at Lakeisha.Moore@dhhs.nc.gov or 919-527-5473.


Help improve the future of Aging and Adult Services

The Division of Aging and Adult Services is hosting listening sessions across the state and collecting public comments to help identify the needs of the state’s older citizens, disabled adults, and their caregivers. The information gathered will also inform North Carolina’s 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan and will likely guide policy work for the Division, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and other agencies of state government in the next several years.

NASW-NC will submit public comments with special attention to workforce shortages, inadequate funding for services including mental health and substance use disorder services, support for caregivers, support for Adult Protective Services hiring degreed social workers, and more. Please email Kay Castillo at kcastillo.naswnc@socialworkers.org to add your feedback to be submitted. Deadline to submit comments to NASW-NC is June 1, 2018.


May 8, 2018
The Folk-Art Center
Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

May 22, 2018
Piedmont Triad Regional Council
1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive, Kernersville, NC  27284
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

May 30, 2018
New Hanover Senior Resource Center
2222 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403, Wilmington, NC
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

June 19, 2018
Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation Building
4561 County Home Road, Greenville, NC 27858
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

June 27, 2018
Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28262
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


The Division is currently checking about the use of technology to join the sessions and will communicate if this is possible.

Attendees may register to speak upon arrival at the meetings or in advance by completing the on-line Listening Session Sign-Up Form. Speakers will be limited to three minutes and are encouraged to provide a written copy of their comments when registering.  The scheduled meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities.  Those planning to attend who need assistance or special accommodations are asked to complete the Listening Session Sign-Up Form.

Those who are unable to attend one of the meetings may submit written comments by June 29, 2018 to: Aging Plan, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, 2101 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-2101.

Comments may also be e-mailed to agingplan@dhhs.nc.gov or faxed to Aging Plan at (919)733-0443. 

The current Aging Services Plan is available at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/plan.htm.

Medicaid Transformation

Last month, we reported providing public comments on four concept papers related to the state's plan to reform Medicaid by July 2019. These can be found here.

NASW-NC has commented on two more concept papers:

 

Help Preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a vital program that many social workers rely on. By allowing borrowers who work in public sector and non-profit jobs to earn forgiveness on eligible federal loans after making ten years’ worth of on-time monthly loan payments, PSLF encourages individuals to pursue careers as teachers, social workers, police officers, firefighters, prosecutors, nurses, and other needed professionals.

Congress has proposed to remove this program! Please help us advocating by reaching out to your member of Congress: http://actnow.io/bgDdYzR

Are you a social worker that has benefited (or currently benefiting) from Public Service Loan Forgiveness? We want to hear from you! Please contact Kay Castillo at kcastillo.naswnc@socialworkers.org!


Short Session

Short Session begins May 16th!

Hot topics this short session will include increasing the number of support staff in schools- including school social workers; technical changes to Medicaid Transformation so the Department of Health and Human Services can move forward with tailored plans; and more!

Be sure to sign up for NASW-NC Action Alerts and Weekly Updates: http://cqrcengage.com/socialworkersnc/?0


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