January 2022 - Three Rivers District Update
Becka Ross, MSW, LCSW
Three Rivers District Chair
Hello Three River District Social Workers! I hope you are staying warm and safe. I wish each of you a happy and healthy 2022!
There is a great leadership opportunity with the NASW-Illinois Chapter by joining the NASW-IL Board of Directors! Several positions are being posted for the board including president-elect, secretary, chairs in the Calumet, Chicago, Jane Addams, and Southern District, member at-large, and undergraduate and graduate student reps. To find out more about these open positions, take a look at our 2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board Leadership Recruitment Packet or contact the chapter to request a nomination form! The deadline is March 1, 2022. Thank you to each of you for your continued support and dedication to social work.
Check out Illinois CHAPTER NEWS
Federal Rule to Prevent Surprise Health Care Billing
Under a new federal rule to protect consumers from surprise health care bills, clinical social workers (CSW) and other health care provider types must, effective January 1, 2022, provide a good faith estimate (GFE) of expected charges that may be billed for items and services to individuals who are uninsured (e.g., not enrolled in any health plan or coverage) or who are self-pay (e.g., not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage). The GFE must be provided both orally and in writing, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, and within specific timeframes. Read more here.
NASW members only: For further conversation about the federal rule, see this active thread on the national MyNASW board.
2019–2021 LSW/LCSW Licensure News and Updates
This month we’ve had a rash of updates to report as IDFPR provided several changes to the 2019–2021 licensure cycle. In short, the IDFPR website is now allowing for LSW and LCSW licensees to renew online, and the deadline to renew and obtain CEUs for the current licensure cycle beginning on December 1, 2019, has been extended to February 28, 2022. We have been monitoring and responding to many member questions about renewal in the NASW Illinois community in MyNASW. For updates as they are announced, please make sure you are enrolled in the NASW Illinois community in MyNASW.
Other License-Related Links:
LSW and LCSW Renewal Now Active on IDFPR Renewal Portal Website: https://www.naswil.org/post/lsw-and-lcsw-renewal-now-active-on-idfpr-renewal-portal-website
2019–2021 IDFPR Licensure Renewal Changes: https://www.naswil.org/post/2019-2021-idfpr-licensure-renewal-changes
Frequently Asked Questions About 2021 Licensure Renewal: https://www.naswil.org/post/frequently-asked-questions-about-2021-licensure-renewal
In-Person CEU Requirements Waived by IDFPR: https://www.naswil.org/post/breaking-news-nasw-il-efforts-successful-in-getting-in-person-ceu-requirements-waived-by-idfpr