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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

The Business of Healthcare: One More Hat for Social Workers to Wear

Posted 14 August 2018 by Sean Powell

Healthcare is a business and it is incumbent upon oncology social workers to be knowledgeable of health business trends and aware of changes that could impact our profession and our patients. 

Call Your Congressmember... Invite them to a Cancer Event in Your Community

Posted 10 July 2018 by Michael Grignon

AOSW member Michael Grignon shares ideas for engaging elected representatives in our work. Michael serves on the AOSW Advocacy Committee.

Speak Up

Posted 8 May 2018 by Michael Grignon

AOSW member Michael Grignon shares reflections on his participation in the 2018 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) New York State Advocacy Day.

Copayment Accumulator Programs: What's at Stake for Patients?

Posted 16 April 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

A new type of policy has been introduced that has the potential to put cancer patients at serious financial risk. You may not have heard of copay accumulators or accumulator adjustment programs before, so this blog will provide an overview of these policies to help prepare you in case you might be at risk of facing this barrier to affordable cancer care.

New Health Care Options May Not Protect Cancer Patients and Survivors

Posted 28 February 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

The Trump Administration has proposed several rules outlining new health insurance options that would provide lower cost insurance coverage to consumers. These plans may not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). While allowing patients to purchase health care coverage through the independent market, and potentially at a lower premium, may seem like a good option for some people, it ultimately allows for plans that offer lesser coverage and may put patients at great financial and physical risk.

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.
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