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From the desk of ... Megan O'Boyle, GetMyHealthData Tracer, Health IT

A Mother's Journey

Megan is the mother of a child with a rare genetic syndrome. Here, she shares her story of overcoming many obstacles – from high fees to puzzling policies and procedures – to get copies of her daughter’s medical records so she can better coordinate her care.

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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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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Troubleshooting Tracers’ Stories

We continue our Tracer Series this week by sharing common roadblocks Tracers have faced when they tried to get and use their health data.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

A Tale of Two Tracers

This week, we’re kicking off our series of Tracer stories by sharing stories from two patients who requested their health data and reported back to us about their experiences.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Get Your Health Data in 2016: Become a Tracer

2016. This is it: the year I get my cholesterol under control. It’s not an easy New Year’s resolution, but it’s one I’m confident I can keep track of, in part because I have 24/7 access to my health records.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We Should Be Talking About When America Guarantees Paid Leave — Not If

December 12, 2015 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Two years after the FAMILY Act was first introduced, paid leave is on the horizon in the United States. 

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Big Step: D.C. City Council Holds First Hearing on Paid Leave Proposal

Exactly one week ago, the D.C. City Council held its first hearing on the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, a proposal that would create a much-needed paid family and medical leave insurance program that would make paid leave accessible to virtually every worker in the District.

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From the desk of ... David S. Cohen, Repro Health Watch

Living in the Crosshairs: Violence Against Abortion Providers Hurts Us All

In an ideal world, abortion providers would lead lives just like any other medical professional. However, in the highly charged environment we live in, abortion providers’ lives are different.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Leave and The Raising of America

Why do we, as a nation, make it so difficult for our children to thrive? How can we do better? These are the important questions asked in a powerful new film.

 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

More Than 25,000 New Jersey Workers Gain Paid Sick Days Protections in a Single Week

November 4, 2015

It's been an exciting week for paid sick days! Yesterday, Elizabeth, New Jersey, became the 10th city in the state to pass a paid sick days law. And last week, the Jersey City Council voted to expand the city’s paid sick days law. This is tremendous progress, but hundreds of thousands of workers in the state still cannot earn a single paid sick day. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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From the desk of ... Jaime Miracle, Repro Health Watch

Access Without Apology: The Ohio Proactive Abortion Agenda

Last month, pro-choice Ohioans and legislators gathered outside the Statehouse as we have done time and again. But this time something was different.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Domestic Violence Survivors Need and Deserve Workplace Support

October 21, 2015

It is fitting that October is both National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Work and Family Month because supportive workplace policies, such as paid sick and "safe" days, help make it possible for domestic violence survivors to get the help they need without sacrificing their jobs or ability to make ends meet.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Having a Family Friendly Workplace Should Not Depend on Winning the ‘Boss Lottery’

National Boss Day is a reminder that, for millions of Americans, having a family friendly workplace is like winning the lottery.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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

New Report: Politics in the Exam Room, A Growing Threat

The most insidious way American politicians attempt to influence the behavior of private citizens is by quietly passing laws that legislate doctor-patient communications, going so far as to force doctors to lie to patients.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Paid Leave Investment, Business Coalition Pave the Way for Even More Progress

New state and local paid leave grants and a unique coalition of companies committed to advancing paid leave are helping pave the way for the national program the country needs.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Labor Day to Remember!

September 7, 2015

This morning, the president will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to allow all employees who work on their federal contracts to earn paid sick time. When it takes effect in 2017, an estimated 300,000 more workers will earn paid sick time.

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