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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Long Overdue Victory for Equality

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in four same-sex marriage cases today, marriage equality is now the law of the land in all 50 states.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Wrong Way

Extremists in the House of Representatives seem to be firmly in charge as their fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill advances quickly.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Drawing On Lessons Learned to Improve Open Enrollment for 2016

June 23, 2015 | Health Care

The third open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces is fast-approaching — it begins November 1, 2015 — and now is the opportunity for policymakers and marketplace administrators to harness lessons learned from the previous enrollment periods to improve the plan comparison and selection process this fall.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress

Once you're done showing your love and appreciation for the fathers in your life, take a minute to ask the dads who represent you in Congress to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act.

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From the desk of ... Chavi Koneru, Repro Health Watch

Lawmakers Should Take a Walk in Her Shoes

On June 5th, with the stroke of a pen, Governor Pat McCrory restricted the rights of North Carolina women by signing a bill imposing a 72-hour mandatory delay on abortions.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

11 Questions Pregnant Employees Worry About

Navigating the workplace — not to mention workplace politics — can be a challenge for pregnant employees.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Griswold and Me: A Love Story

On Sunday, I’m getting married. As I prepare for this milestone and draft my vows, I’m thinking about our life together and the family we might someday create. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Gala to Remember

The National Partnership held its annual gala on June 4, and the speakers, the crowd, the program and the event were extraordinary.

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From the desk of ... Erin Mackay and Dena Mendelsohn, Health Policy Analyst, Consumers Union, Health IT

A Long Time Coming: Health Technology in the Hands of Patients

Did you know that you may already be able to access your digital health records from home? Harnessing the power of technology to improve health and care doesn’t have to be complicated; you don’t need the latest Fitbit, Apple Watch or GoogleGlass for technology to make an impact on your life.

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From the desk of ... Farah Diaz-Tello, Repro Health Watch

The Imperative to Challenge Public Policies that Criminalize Pregnancy Outcomes

May 27, 2015 | Reproductive Health

By now, most reproductive rights, health and justice activists have heard of Purvi Patel, the Indiana woman sentenced to decades behind bars after what she maintains was a miscarriage.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Next Generation ACO Model: Helping Make Care Accountable

May 26, 2015 | Health Care

To further expand accountable care across the health care system, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

Health IT

No Meaningful Use (MU) Without Me: The Power of Consumer Voices

As you know, at the National Partnership for Women & Families, we strongly believe health IT is a real game-changer for patients, helping them take charge of their health and become true partners in improving our health care system.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Extraordinary: Facebook Says 'Not On Our Watch' to Poverty Wages, Family Unfriendly Policies

May 13, 2015 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

The move makes for an extraordinary moment in the effort to establish more fair and family friendly workplaces in this country.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Pennsylvania's Women's Health Agenda

At a time when women all across this country face discrimination in the workplace and need greater access to reproductive health care, it was encouraging to see what happened in Pennsylvania this week.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Honoring Mothers With the Time They – and the Country – Need

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s all commit – or recommit – to ending the days when time is elusive for so many and workers too often have to choose between job and family. 

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From the desk of ... Adriano Perez, Repro Health Watch

Millennials Lead a Texas-Sized Movement for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

April 29, 2015 | Reproductive Health

My family moved from Mexico to the United States in 1993 shortly after I was born. Texas became our home and there we built a life that was founded in perseverance and an unrelenting sense of hope.

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From the desk of ... Maggie Moran, Repro Health Watch

Montana House Moves to Preemptively Ban Telemedical Abortion, But There is Good News

In Montana, we are two-thirds of the way through our 64th Legislature and there is no doubt that 2015 is a tough year for reproductive rights.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

The announcement that White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will soon kick off a historic 'Lead On Leave' tour is exciting news that comes amidst strong, widespread demand and support for paid leave.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The ACA at Five: Incredible Progress Already and More to Come

March 25, 2015 | Health Care

Since its enactment, the Affordable Care Act has had tremendously positive implications for the health and economic security of women and families. Now, President Obama has launched a new forum to help achieve the law's full promise.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Affordable Care Act: Five Years of Progress, and More to Come

March 23, 2015 | Health Care

Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of women and families across our country finally have affordable health coverage and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your health and the health of your family is secure.

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