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Thursday, May 26

Tell Governor Rauner to Sign Senate Bill 2332

Act NOW to give social workers the approval to serve the populations they are best fit to serve and diversify revenue streams. 

In 2007 the NASW Illinois Chapter pushed a bill which gave Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) the ability to bill Medicaid in the state of Illinois. Since that bill was passed, the state has failed to create rules in order to allow social workers to bill Medicaid for behavioral health services. This failure to act places significant weight on both the providers and the clients. Social work providers are being denied the capacity to provide much needed services to the most vulnerable populations in our state. This also means that thousands of low-income clients are being denied their right to choose a provider and have access to services in their area.

We need your help in pushing our new initiative over the finish line: Senate Bill 2332. This bill will force the state to create rules to give LCSWs the ability to bill Medicaid. If we act now, we can give clients further access to behavioral health services when necessary and not only during times of crisis. By getting the governor to sign, social workers will also have the approval to serve the populations they are best fit to serve and diversify their revenue stream.

What You Need to Do:

  1. Fill out this quick action alert and tell Governor Rauner to sign SB 2332.
  2. Forward this e-mail to social work colleagues and allies encouraging them to complete this action alert too. You do NOT need to be a member of NASW to use this service.

If we act now we can expand the rights and services of Medicaid recipients and providers and give social workers the rights they have already passed into law.

Posted on 05/26/16 at 11:51 AM

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