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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

The Health of Women and Families Will Be at Stake in ‘King v. Burwell’

December 17, 2014 | Health Care

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, King v. Burwell. The stakes could not be higher for women, for our health care system and for our country.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers, at Last

The funding bill Congress passed last weekend lifts the terribly unfair ban on coverage for abortion services for Peace Corps volunteers who survive rape or incest, or whose lives would be jeopardized by continuing a pregnancy.

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Maureen Corry, Senior Advisor for Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Maureen Corry

Getting to Zero: Sustained Efforts Needed to Eliminate Early Elective Births Among Medicaid Beneficiaries

December 15, 2014 | Health Care > Maternity

Early elective delivery (EED), defined as a delivery before 39 weeks of gestation without medical necessity, places women and babies at risk for harm, offers no benefits to either, and increases costs for taxpayers and for women and their families.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Leave High on Our Wish List Again This Year

The holiday season is a time for focusing on family and loved ones. And no legislation would do more to make this nation family friendly than the FAMILY Act.

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From the desk of ... MaryAnne Sterling, member of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth and co-founder of Connected Health Resources, Health IT

Building Better Health IT Tools for Family Caregivers

As we become immersed in the sights and sounds of the holiday season, there is a largely invisible group of people struggling to balance their daily responsibilities with the added stress of the holidays – family caregivers.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Supreme Court Should Say 'No' to Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service (UPS) this week, a case that could help secure — or erode — pregnant workers' right to equal treatment.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Showing Thanks for Family Caregivers This Month

It’s November, a month many associate with Thanksgiving and celebrating the things we're grateful for. But November is also National Family Caregivers Month.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Recognizing National Family Caregivers Month

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month in November, the broad-based coalition of organizations pushing for the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act are rallying online...

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Open Enrollment for 2015 Starts Today!: What You Need to Know to Sign Up and Stay Covered

Co-author(s): Anna Bailey
November 15, 2014 | Health Care

Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace begins today and runs until February 15, 2015.

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From the desk of ... Sarah Stoesz, Repro Health Watch

Resounding “No” to Personhood in Conservative North Dakota

On November 4th, voters in North Dakota made history when they made it the third state in the nation to decisively reject a "personhood" amendment and, with it, the extreme agenda of the personhood movement.

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From the desk of ... Susan Frietsche, Repro Health Watch

In Pennsylvania, a Proactive Fight for Abortion Access and Economic Rights

Over the last four decades, we’ve watched anti-choice advocates shift focus from criminalizing abortion to an incremental strategy of passing medically unnecessary regulations designed to force abortion clinics to close down.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Reasons to Celebrate – and to be Vigilant – this National Work and Family Month

As the month draws to a close, there are clear signs of progress and frustrating reminders that vigilance remains essential.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Domestic Violence and the Need for Paid “Safe” Days

October 16, 2014 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Recent headlines have served as a painful reminder that domestic violence remains a serious issue in this country.

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From the desk of ... Kalpana Krishnamurthy, Repro Health Watch

Ten Thousand Miles for Reproductive Justice

Kicking off in Los Angeles, California on August 9th, the All* Above All Be Bold Road Trip began its month-long, cross-country journey through 12 cities and eight states.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why the Failed Paycheck Fairness Act Vote Matters

It has been quite the week for fair pay for women. On Monday, we witnessed a shameful act when opponents blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Your Health Information: Get It, Check It, Use It.

It’s ushering in a new era in health care, with major benefits for women, caregivers, consumers and families.

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From the desk of ... Colleen McNicholas, Repro Health Watch

Missouri Politicians Should Stay Out of the Exam Room

The Missouri Legislature is just hours away from deciding if politics will once again trump medicine.

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From the desk of ... Bryan Howard, Repro Health Watch

Protecting Access to Medication Abortion: A Good Option for Women

Women's health care has targeted medication abortion since it became available in the U.S. over the past decade and a half ago.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

September 2, 2014 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Amable Alvarez grew up in a poor, rural village in Spain. As a child, he never got the chance to attend school because his family couldn't afford to be without his help on the farm.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women's Equality Matters

Today, women across the country still routinely face inequality at home, at work and throughout society. And too often, the issues we care most about seem not to matter.

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