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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

Social Workers are in the House (and Senate Too!)

Posted 23 March 2019 by Michael Grignon

Happy social work month to all of our fellow social workers out there.  March is a month to celebrate each other and our accomplishments as a profession.  Everyday social workers are active in promoting social justice and equality in many different arenas, including within our government. 

Butt, Out!

Posted 25 February 2019 by Michael Grignon

Who wants to make it illegal to sell tobacco products across New York State to people under age 21?  From his recent proposed executive budget, it appears New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo does and he is not alone.

Butt Out!

Posted 15 February 2019 by Michael Grignon

Who wants to make it illegal to sell tobacco products across New York State to people under age 21?  From his recent proposed executive budget, it appears New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo does and he is not alone.
 

New Transparency Laws Could Help Patients Reduce Out-of-Pocket Spending

Posted 18 October 2018 by Elizabeth Franklin

President Trump recently signed two bills into law aimed at reducing patients’ out-of-pocket spending on prescription medications. The “Patient’s Right to Know Drug Prices Act” and the “Know the Lowest Price Act” address a practice known as “gag clauses.”
 
 

Advocacy 101: Just the Basics

Posted 10 October 2018 by Michael Grignon

In case you missed it, there is another election coming up.  You might be asking yourself: "Which offices are up for election?"  "Is it my Senator or Congressmember?"  "Who ARE my Senators and Congressmember?"  "Where do my representatives stand on issues important to cancer patients?"

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.
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