Health Insurance 101: What Social Workers Need to Know

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Health Insurance 101: What Social Workers Need to Know

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Presenter: Matthew Mackey, BA

NASW-NYS Members: $15

NASW Other Chapter Member: $22.50

Non-Members: $30

NASW-NYS Student Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists

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Workshop Description

Health Insurance 101 will describe the basic knowledge of health insurance that social workers must possess and apply in practice to both serve their clients and benefit themselves. This training is best suited for both practitioners in private practice and also macro social workers who would like more insight into basic health insurance policies. This training will go over basic insurance information, important questions to ask health insurance agents, a basic understanding on how health insurance policies differ, and information that should be included in billing. Additionally, this training will cover prior authorizations and who to contact for contracts at an insurance company. After this training is completed, participants will have a basic understanding of health insurance and its limitations which they can apply to their practices and helping clients. The training content will be disseminated through a variety of teaching modalities , including lecture, group discussion, and role play. 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of different health insurance types and their limitations
  • Ask important questions relevant to both their clients and themselves regarding health insurance
  • Identify what information should be submitted in a claim, and apply this to their billing
  • Describe a health insurance agent’s role and limitations
  • Understand basic health insurance terminology and apply this to their data collection on client’s benefits

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

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Matthew Mackey, BA, is a MSW student at Adelphi University and has been a Family Advocate for an insurance company for over 3 years. After receiving extensive training in health insurance basics, Matthew has served families across the United States, by advocating on their behalf, assisting with navigation of the current insurance system, educating families who have children with special needs, and handling escalated and emergency situations. Xe is also a Co-editor in Chief of the Adelphi University student run journal, The Advocate at Adelphi, which will be published in Spring 2021..  



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February 10th, 2021 12:00 PM through  1:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 15.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $ 22.50
Non-Member $ 30.00
NASW-NYS Student Member $ 0.00