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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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

September 30, 2015 | Reproductive Health > Abortion

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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What the Overtime Proposal is Really About

The U.S. Department of Labor's proposal to update the country's overtime rules is about our future, and we all have a tremendous amount at stake.

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A New Tool Helps Consumers and Purchasers Advocate for Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes

August 20, 2015 | Health Care

Throughout our health policy work and in our role co-leading the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance (C-P Alliance), the National Partnership advocates for higher quality, more affordable, patient- and family-centered health care.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When Less is More: Every Mom Deserves a Healthy Childbirth, Every Baby a Healthy Start

February 19, 2015 | Health Care > Maternity

The road to a safe and healthy birth in our over-medicalized maternal care system can be like a drive through a foreign city without a map.

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