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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Thought your #TBT '00s style was bad?

January 12, 2017 | Health Care

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) is usually a fun way to show your friends a bad ’00s hairstyle or your embarrassing family photo from Disney World — but today’s #TBT is no laughing matter. Right now, Republicans in Congress are working to undermine women’s health and access to care by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

With So Much at Stake with Obamacare Repeal, ‘Trust Me’ Simply Isn’t Good Enough

January 12, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Offering no details about a replacement package, Republican leaders are asking us to trust them as they strip millions of their health coverage and economic security. That’s simply not acceptable.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Make Value The Priority

January 9, 2017 | Health Care

Historically, our health care system has rewarded the delivery of poor quality care. In this kind of system, health care costs continue to rise but patients fail to improve or stay healthy. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress, Promise and Peril: The Imperative to Continue Workplace Policy Gains in 2017

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo
January 9, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

The nation is poised for progress, but it will only come if lawmakers recognize that strengthening our economy will require paying as much attention to the kinds of jobs that are available as they pay to creating or keeping jobs in the United States.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A National Paid Leave Plan Must Check All the Boxes

December 12, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Lawmakers must not forget the principles that make a sound, effective policy — or the stories of people that illustrate why they are so important.

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From the desk of ... Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, and Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women's Health Network, Repro Health Watch

Taking a Principled Approach to the Provision of LARCs

There has been increased attention and funding in recent years for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). While LARCs are part of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive options, there are concerning practices when it comes to who is targeted for long-acting methods and the way in which counseling is provided.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Most Women in the Fast Food Industry Can’t Earn Paid Sick Days, Have Gone to Work Sick

November 22, 2016

Data from a new national survey reveal seven in 10 women working in the fast food industry say they have gone to work with symptoms of illness. Only 14 percent of women in the industry, and a mere 6 percent of women who are paid less than $9 per hour, say they have access to paid sick days. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Voters in Arizona and Washington Choose Paid Sick Days

November 16, 2016

Capping off an already historic year of progress for paid sick days, voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures last week that will mean the nation will soon have seven statewide paid sick days laws. Thirty-nine jurisdictions now do – or will soon – guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick time, and efforts to protect and build upon these victories has become even more important.

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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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From the desk of ... Julia Kortrey

10 Reasons Why Millennials Like Me Should Push for Paid Leave

November 7, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Millennial voices are too often missing from the national conversation about paid leave. Here’s why that must change. 

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Affordable Health Care and Paid Sick Days Go Hand in Hand

November 4, 2016

This week marks the start of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act – a historic advance that has made more affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage available to millions more consumers. But increasing access to health coverage addresses only one barrier to health care in this country. Paid sick days access is essential too. 

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Director of Health Policy

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Don’t Be Deterred or Misled – You Can Sign Up for Affordable Health Coverage Now!

November 2, 2016 | Health Care

In this election season, the importance of advancing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become even clearer. Yesterday marked the start of the open enrollment season for plan year 2017. As is always the case, open enrollment provides a critically important chance for individuals and families to sign up for affordable health insurance plans.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet and Sarah Fleisch Fink

A Double Bind: When States Deny Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Expecting and New Parents

It’s the most basic of rights and foundational to our ability to thrive: Every person should have the freedom to decide if, when and how to raise a family. But for many women struggling to make ends meet, this is not reality.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We Cannot Remain a Nation of Paid Leave Haves and Have-Nots

September 26, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

New data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrate how far the country still has to go when it comes to paid leave access.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Momentum in Minnesota: 68,300 Workers in St. Paul Will Gain Paid Sick Days

September 13, 2016

The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a paid sick days ordinance on September 7. When fully implemented, the law will guarantee approximately 68,300 additional private sector workers in the city the right to earn paid sick time. This is the second paid sick days win in Minnesota this year, following Minneapolis’s victory in May. Advocates now have their sights set on making Duluth next.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Airbnb Takes a Strong Stand Against Discrimination

September 8, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Those of us who have spent our careers fighting discrimination in all its forms have been deeply concerned by reports of bias by Airbnb hosts, and allegations that Airbnb’s platform might have helped facilitate some of the discrimination. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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