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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Bottom Drops Out

Sometimes life tests you in ways you never expected. The election that shocked the nation dealt a stunning blow to our efforts to make this country more fair, family friendly and healthy.

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This Congress Should Take The Opportunity To Make Progress For Pregnant Workers

When Congress reconvenes, members will have a chance to show America’s families that progress is possible. Rather than continuing a dismal record of inaction, they should use this lame duck session to move the country forward.

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A Double Bind Punishes Low-Income Families as Lawmakers Deny Women Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Parenting

September 30, 2016 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom the ways laws and policies evolve in this country, with little coherence and an often-painful disregard for their impact. Today marks 40 years of the Hyde Amendment. It may be impossible to fully grasp the extraordinary harm this punitive policy has done.

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The Kind of Paid Leave Program the Country Needs

Sometimes we simply have to pause to say: Wow! At the National Partnership, we’ve pioneered education and advocacy to advance family and medical leave in this country.

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Eight Labor Days

September 5, 2016 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president. It’s well worth taking a moment to appreciate his deep and enduring commitment to equal opportunity for women in the workplace.

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Eight Labor Days

September 5, 2016

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president.

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Activism Can Change the Landscape for Expecting and New Parents

August 26, 2016 | Work and Family

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Failing Our Families

In the United States today, whether you can take a few paid sick days or a few weeks of paid family or medical leave, and whether your employer must make reasonable accommodations that allow you to continue working through your pregnancy, all depend on where you work.

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Hospital Compare: A Tool Consumers Need Now

July 21, 2016 | Health Care

Every day, consumers make choices about which hospitals they or their families will use – and too often, they make those decisions without enough information to guide them.

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An Opportunity to Advance Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
July 8, 2016 | Health Care | Other > Medicare

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will bring the biggest change in decades to how we pay physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care providers who treat Medicare beneficiaries. 

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It’s Time to Stop Claiming Businesses Oppose Paid Leave Policies

Last week, through a leaked internal poll, we gained even more evidence that business support for paid family and medical leave is strong.

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Something is Wrong With Wages in America

April 12, 2016 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

The annual recognition of Equal Pay Day  —  the day that marks how far into the year women have had to work to catch up with what men were paid in the previous year — is always a stunning reminder of just how far we still have to go to reach true equality for women in this country.

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Happy Sixth Birthday, Obamacare: Six Ways the ACA Helps Women

March 23, 2016 | Health Care

Six years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, there is a lot to celebrate.

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Standing Up for Women and Families in 2016

“These issues should be at the top of our national agenda.” That was the message Sen. Cory Booker delivered at the National Partnership’s annual congressional briefing. 

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Voters Say It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave

23 years. During that time, you can raise and put a child through college. Transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease. Move the country from “don’t ask, don’t tell” to marriage equality for all.

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New Tools Will Help Consumers Make Informed Choices in the Health Insurance Marketplace This Year

November 2, 2015 | Health Care

As the 2016 open enrollment period begins, it’s worth reflecting on how far we’ve come: Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, 17.6 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage.

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Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat

October 14, 2015 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

“Do no harm.” Health care providers take this oath. It underpins clinical decision-making and the essential relationship built on trust between providers and patients.

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39 Years of Shame

Imagine a public policy that pushes women who are living paycheck to paycheck deeper into poverty… that exacerbates the health disparities that plague our nation…

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A Labor Day to Remember!

This morning in Boston, President Obama will announce much-needed actions that will make our nation more family friendly.

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Women’s Equality Depends on Equal Access to Family Friendly Workplace Policies

This Women's Equality Day, in light of all the recent attention to paid leave, let's remind Congress that the fight for equal rights for women is far from over.

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