Medicare Open Enrollment: Programmatic and Policy Concerns. October 11, 2018 #MacroSW Chat

This chat is tonight, and close to my professional heart (as a former hospital social worker.)

by Pat Shelly @UBSSW

Image of "Medicare Health Insurance" over image of a maze.

The annual Open Enrollment period for Medicare is from October 15 – December 7.
It is important for all social workers to be aware of the basics of Medicare coverage and current program changes and policy concerns.

We are pleased to have Louanne Bakk, PhD, MSW,   @BakkLouanne  the Director of the DSW Program and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work as the guest expert for this chat. Her past work as Director of Access and Aging Benefits at an agency  in Michigan influenced her current research in healthcare access disparities and older adults.

Learn about the Medicare basics, Open Enrollment, associated costs, policy issues, and how to help beneficiaries pick the best plan.

chart: Gateway Health Plan

chart of part a services costs co-payservices costs co-pay for part B

Charts: Medicare Part A and Part B from Louanne Bakk / University at Buffalo

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the 4 parts of Medicare?…

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We Support the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign!

I’m sharing this from the MacroSW.com site.

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#MacroSW is proud to be a supporter of the Voting Is Social Work Campaign!

https://votingissocialwork.org/

Sign the pledge!

Voter engagement is imperative for every social worker in order to advance voter registration and education.

From the campaign website:

  • Nonpartisan voter engagement is legal, ethical and professional, and central to social work values and mission.
  • Communities with high voter turnout report greater well-being, and more resources and attention from elected officials.
  • Voting gives people and communities the power to voice their opinion and effect social change.

See our blog post about the #MacroSW chat on the campaign with Terry Mizrahi and all the participants. or the resulting chat transcript from Sept. 27th.

Read this article in The New Social Worker that gives details about the campaign as well as action steps for social work students: Voting is Social Work: Voter Empowerment and the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign

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#MacroSW 10/4 at 9pm EST with NASW: The Color of Youth Transfer: Policy and Practice Recommendations

The National Association of Social Workers will be joining us for this week’s chat. Thanks to Karen Zgoda, who is planning and hosting this one!

img_9076We are partnering with NASW for this week’s #MacroSW chat. NASW and the Campaign for Youth Justice just released a report on the troubling news that black youth continue to be referred to adult courts and jails at a far higher rate than white youth.

Read the report here:

Here are highlights of this report from the press release:

Juvenile arrest rates have fallen sharply in recent years, but black youth are disproportionately sent to adult court by judges at some of the highest percentages seen in 30 years, according to a joint report from the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The new report, The Color of Youth Transfer: Policy and Practice Recommendations, discusses how the egregious practice of prosecuting and incarcerating black youth as adults, which is rooted in our nation’s past and ongoing racism, has had a devastating…

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StephenCast Friday: Can we really ever “leave it at the door”?

I should probably skip today’s StephenCast, but I figure this is about self-care in a helping profession, so I’ll try to walk that talk today. Listen here.

StephenCast 2.0 (2)

Articles, posts, stuff:

Constance Grady writes about how the definition of sexual assault has changed: The rape culture of the eighties, as explained by Sixteen Candles: https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/9/27/17906644/sixteen-candles-rape-culture-1980s-brett-kavanaugh

My friend and colleague The Roving Social Worker (check out her podcast BTW) reminds us that it’s Friday.

 

 

#MacroSW 9/27/18: Social Work Voter Mobilization

By Rachel L. West

The midterm election is just a month away. Join us this Thursday (September 27th) at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST for a very timely chat on social work voter mobilizations. I will be hosting the chat (@poliSW). Terry Mizrahi, MSW, Ph.D. (@tmizrahi21141) will be our guest expert.

Terry is Co-Chair of the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign. She is a
Professor and Chair of Community Organizing, Planning, and Development track at Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York. Terry holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work. Her areas of expertise include Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Coalition Building, Community Organizing, Social Work and Health Care Policy, Social Work and Activism, Gender and Feminist Organizing, Physician Socialization and Career Development. Additionally. She has co-authored a number of books and articles including

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The Disappearing Calendar: #StephenCast Friday for 9/21/18.

StephenCast 2.0 (2)For this Friday, I’m expanding on the calendaring discussion from last week, and zoning in one of the biggest problems with modern calendars. As someone who went from a static paper calendar to my Palm Tungsten in the early 2000s, to my smartphone with an integrated work calendar, I welcome how I can share my schedule. The downside, though, isn’t just a minor inconvenience. It’s a problem. However, rather than ranting about what doesn’t work about this, I just need to address what’s troubling me about this and address it.

Listen to the podcast here:  https://spcummings.podbean.com/

Technology nostalgia: I mentioned the Tungsten E planning device. I really, really liked it! I didn’t have a wifi-enabled version, but I did sync the device regularly to my work computer. I recall having to beg permission to get the application that allowed me to manually sync my Palm device to my computer via a proprietary cable.

I also look back fondly to my Blackberry Bold, which I carried in 2010. (I posted a response to a question posted on Twitter by Dr. Echo Rivera:

 

#MacroSW for 9/20/2018: Social work in these trying times.

Tonight on Twitter, #MacroSW will discuss social work in these trying times.

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As social workers, we know all too well the demands of our daily work.  We also know the importance of keeping ourselves informed of our world, from the local community to national and global events and conflicts. Factor in the rapid flow of information, where the news cycle is compressed ever more tightly, and we find ourselves working with multiple levels constantly, from micro-systems to macro-level policy.

In these trying times, it feels as if we need to be engaged multiple times a day at all levels.  For example, a social worker may be addressing multiple emergent needs at an agency (putting out fires) while providing expert testimony to a state legislator, while following the latest federal policy initiative announced this morning (one that could have a detrimental effect in the long-term if a campaign to respond isn’t started right away).

#Selfcare is important. Perhaps the framing here is different…

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