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AOSW Action Network

The AOSW Action Network Blog publishes policy updates, perspectives, and advocacy stories from AOSW members. Posts reflect the opinion of the writer, not necessarily the position of AOSW.

Recent Articles

AOSW Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Posted 21 February 2018 by Marsha Clarke, LCSW-R, OSW-C

AOSW member and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair Marsha Clarke reflects on the development of AOSW's recent Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

Prevention and Public Health Fund

Posted 21 February 2018 by Nina Miller, MSSW, OSW-C

The budget deal passed in Congress February 9 included funding for some health programs, but also included an offset reducing the Prevention and Public Health Fund by $1.35 billion. AOSW member Nina Miller draws attention to this cut and its impact on cancer prevention.

A Week of Government Spending and Blueprints for the Future

Posted 15 February 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

Over the past week, Congress and the Trump Administration have made progress on government funding and budgeting for the coming years. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was passed into law and Trump released his 2019 proposed budget—which does not carry the rule of law but does highlight the Administration’s priorities in the coming year. Both of these policy documents include significant health care issues.

RAISE Family Caregivers Act Signed Into Law

Posted 6 February 2018 by Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW

AOSW member Bill McDermott shares an update on the RAISE Family Caregivers Act and what oncology social workers need to know about it.

Trump Administration Implements Conscience Protections

Posted 24 January 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

The Trump Administration has announced a division within the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to establish “conscience protections” which would allow healthcare provides to deny services based upon conflicts with their morals or religion.

Trump Administration to Allow Work Requirements for Medicaid Patients

Posted 11 January 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

Today the Trump Administration released guidance to states to design new eligibility requirements for nondisabled Medicaid recipients which would require them to work, seek employment, or engage in unpaid volunteer services.

The Opioid Crisis and Cancer

Posted 9 January 2018 by Sean Powell, MSW, LCSW, CCM, OSW-C

AOSW member Sean Powell reflects on the opioid crisis and the needs of people living with cancer.

Tax Bill Passes and Reforms Affordable Care Act

Posted 20 December 2017 by Elizabeth Franklin, LCSW, ACSW

AOSW Member Elizabeth Franklin, LCSW, ACSW of the Cancer Support Community Cancer Policy Institute summarizes implications of the new tax bill for people with cancer and cancer care advocates.

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