The Congressional Budget Office had not analyzed the bill’s cost and impact on coverage before it was approved by the House, but the agency’s analysis of its original version projected that 24 million would lose insurance by 2026.[This is not the health-care bill that Trump promised] The estimate also showed that the bill would cut 0 billion from the Medicaid program over the next decade.A conservative Republican congressman from Idaho is drawing criticism for his response to a town-hall attendee’s concerns about how his party’s health-care bill would affect Medicaid recipients. Labrador, a member of the influential House Freedom Caucus.“You are mandating people on Medicaid to accept dying,” the woman said. “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” The boos instantly drowned him out.As a social worker, you’ve heard about child abuse and neglect, and probably learned about it, but what are you supposed to do in these situations? To answer the other questions, we need some context and more detail.You may have heard the term “mandated reporter” and wondered: Am I a mandated reporter? This article will explain what a mandated reporter is and why there are mandated reporters.Mandated Reporters are immune from civil or criminal liability as a result of filing a report of abuse committed against a person with a disability.Non-mandated reporters are also protected providing the report was made in good faith.
Other articles in this series will provide more detail on what, when, and how to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect.
Editor’s Note: “Making the Tough Call” is a special series of articles that will address social workers’ questions about mandated reporting of suspected child abuse. Or perhaps while you’re shopping at the mall, you see a parent grab a young child by the arm and spank them for touching something off limits. The simple answer to the first question is “yes.” If you are a social worker, you are a mandated reporter.
You notice an awkward bruise on the upper arm of a child you’re working with.
If abuse or neglect is suspected, trust your feeling and report to DPPC's 24 - hour Hotline at 1-800-426-9009 or 1-888-822-0350 TTY. In addition to reporting suspected abuse and neglect, mandated reporters are also required to report to DPPC all cases in which an individual with a disability has died, regardless of whether or not abuse or neglect is suspected.
Although it might be difficult, a mandated reporter must, by law, report suspected abuse or neglect committed against a person with a disability to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission at 1-800-426-9009 or 1-888-822-0350 TTY.