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A license to think

July 20, 2011 - Rob Weaver
We received the following fax today from the National Association of Social Workers - Ohio Chapter:


Workers in Veritas “Medicaid Sting” Video are NOT Social Workers

The workers who were filmed in the Project Veritas video are not licensed social workers in the State of Ohio and therefore cannot be called social workers. The Associated Press article that calls them as such is incorrect and should be retracted immediately.

To be a social worker in the State of Ohio a person must have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in social work and be licensed by the state of Ohio. NONE of the workers filmed in the Veritas Project video are licensed social workers.

If your news outlet published this incorrect information it needs to be corrected immediately. ? 


Our version of the wire-service story, published on page 4A Tuesday, referred to the employees as Medicaid workers, not social workers. No correction is needed. But that’s not my topic for today.

The Veritas Project videos shows actors portraying Russians with tied to drug smugglers seeking Medicaid in Ohio; a man pretending to be an unemployed, drug-dealing janitor seeking Medicaid in New York; and Medicaid workers in the Carolinas giving benefit applications to an actor claiming to be an IRA supporter for what he said were 25 wounded Irish nationals.

I have a feeling the Medicaid workers weren’t tasked with evaluating applicants or given any decision-making duties; their job simply may be to hand out applications and put completed applications into the “in” box of a bureaucrat.

In the wake of the video, the director of Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services is calling for worker retraining. But I suspect the workers also need to be given eligibility guidelines and the latitude to follow them.


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