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Healthcare Reform


On March 23, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in the United States. For decades, NASW has been an outspoken advocate for improving healthcare access, quality and services for millions of Americans not currently served by the nation's healthcare system. Read more about NASW's work and support of the ACA here.

Short Informational Videos

This video provides an overview of the marketplace on healthcare.gov, how to apply, affordable options available, and a walk-through of completing the online process.



Do you know if you can get financial assistance to purchase health insurance through the Marketplace? Watch this video to learn about the Advanced Premium tax credit. Learn about qualifications and ways to apply your APTC in 2 minutes.

This is a brief overview of Medicaid Expansion and what it means for the nearly 14 million people who are eligible for no-cost healthcare coverage if they are low-income, disabled, or elderly. Got a minute? Check out this video.

Click here to see if you or someone you know is newly eligible for Medicaid.

Get connected with the Health Insurance Marketplace, allowing you to compare health coverage options, learn more about your state’s marketplace, and apply for health insurance.

Uninsured? Need in-person assistance with applying for health insurance? Click to find the nearest organization offering free application assistance.

Have questions on how healthcare reform will impact mixed status families? Visit the frequently asked question page on the National Immigration and Law Center.

Universal Health Care Action Network provides fact sheets on the Affordable Care Act, help enrolling in the health insurance marketplace, and information on the Navigator and Certified Application Counselor programs. You can also apply to be a volunteer Certified Application Counselor.


Ways to Get Involved

The below organizations offer healthcare reform public education opportunities and resources to help uninsured populations. Social workers are encouraged to get involved!


Members-Only Resources

Read NASW Practice Perspectives

  • Essential Health Benefits & The Affordable Care Act: What Social Workers Need to Know
  • State Health Insurance Exchanges: What Social Workers Need to Know
  • The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Low-and Moderate-Income Women's Health and Well Being
  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Opportunities for the Social Work Profession
  • The Medical Home Model: What Is It And How Do Social Workers Fit In
  • Healthy People 2020: Social Work Values in a Public Health Roadmap

Read NASW Legal Issue of the Month Articles

  • Access to Records by Social Workers' Clients
  • Health Insurance, HIPAA, and Client Privacy
  • Social Workers and Healthcare Reform


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