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Debra L. Ness, President

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9 Million Reasons Congress Must Act Now to Save CHIP

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
October 6, 2017 | Health Care

Congress: Act now and fund CHIP fully. More than 9 million kids, and millions of families, are depending on you. 

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From the desk of ... Katie Martin

A Marketing Plan Designed to Fail

October 4, 2017 | Health Care

This open enrollment period, we have an obligation to help the more than 28 million people in this country without health insurance sign up.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Hyde Amendment Continues to Punish Our Country’s Most Vulnerable Women

September 29, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

For 41 long years, the Hyde amendment has penalized low-income women by withholding coverage for abortion care from those enrolled in Medicaid. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

15 Years, Five Key Lessons: California Continues to Lead the Nation Toward Paid Leave for All

With recent attention to the country’s dismal record of making paid leave available to workers, and growing consensus around the need for a national solution, it’s easy to forget the decades of work and milestone victories that have made this moment possible. One of the first happened 15 years ago this week, when California created the nation’s first state paid family leave program.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Don’t Just Tell Grandparents You Care, Fight for Their Ability to Care and Be Cared For

Sunday is National Grandparents Day, a time to celebrate the millions of grandparents who provide so much for our families and our country. Our nation’s grandparents are not only treasured members of our families; they also take on significant caregiving and breadwinning responsibilities.

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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Women Are Watching

September 5, 2017 | Health Care

As the primary health care decision-makers for our families, women have a lot of stake in the debate about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Stand Up for Workers and Unions This Labor Day

September 1, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Working people and organizations across the country are coming together to stand up and speak out to remind elected officials that America needs strong workplace protections and strong unions. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women Continue to Resist and to Insist on Equality for All

There is another side to the nation’s story right now – the story of the power and persistence of women. Our voices are the ones that have changed, and will continue to change, the nature of power.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

No Rest This Summer for Texas Abortion Rights Advocates

August 24, 2017 | Reproductive Health > Abortion

The Texas state legislature passed three new abortion restrictions during this summer's special session. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

We All Need to Take a Stand Against Hate

August 18, 2017 | Other

We at the National Partnership are still haunted by images of Charlottesville and deeply troubled by the news that continues to unfold this week, including the tragic, unconscionable terrorist attacks in Spain.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Watershed Moment: Sheryl Sandberg Endorses the FAMILY Act

August 9, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Sandberg's support gives a major boost to the FAMILY Act, the next step in making America family friendly.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Continuing to Move the Country Toward Paid Family and Medical Leave for All

August 4, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

The 24th anniversary of the FMLA taking effect is a reminder that the pace of progress varies over time and, even on the days when the odds seem stacked against us, people can and will keep moving the country forward.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Paid Sick Days and Paid Leave in the States in 2017

As many federal lawmakers were focused on rolling back and undermining the rights of people across the country this year, some state lawmakers considered bills aimed at helping people.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Leave Should Be Time to Care – for All of Us

Imagine your elderly mother has pneumonia and you can’t afford time off to care for her. Imagine your husband was injured while serving in Iraq and you can’t be there during his recovery.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

America’s Moms Deserve Better Than Policies That Leave Them Behind

Trump’s budget proposal includes dramatic changes to health care and a very limited paid leave policy that ignores the importance of medical leave for new moms.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

#MomsDontNeed

Holidays are nice. Progress is nicer.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women & Families in 2017

“This is the time to move women’s rights forward, not roll back the progress we have made over decades.” 

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From the desk of ... American Academy of Nursing members Diana Taylor, PhD, RN FAAN, Nancy Woods PhD, RN FAAN, and Ellen Olshansky PhD, RN FAAN , Repro Health Watch

Nurses Respond to Political Interference in Health Care

April 27, 2017 | Reproductive Health

Political interference is especially pronounced in sexual and reproductive health, particularly with respect to abortion access. National nursing organizations are responding to these threats – most recently with a position statement by the American Academy of Nursing.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

The Power of Data Sharing to Improve Health

When it comes to improving patient care and health outcomes, it is clear that place matters: where people live, work, worship and play affects both individual and population health in powerful ways. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Gender Wage Gap is a Symptom We Cannot Ignore

April 4, 2017 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

Equal Pay Day, April 4, is the day that marks how far into 2017 women have had to work to be paid the same amount men were paid in 2016. It’s a stunning indication that something is seriously wrong, and a time to ask what we’re doing as a nation to fix the problem

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