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From the desk of ... Allison Glass

Let’s Make One Thing Clear: Abortion Access is Under Attack, and Tennessee is Fighting Back!

Tennessee has some of the strongest protections for personal privacy in the country. Unfortunately, last November we lost Amendment 1, a ballot question that was designed to make it easier for politicians in Nashville to push for abortion restrictions.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Victory in Philadelphia as the Push for a National Standard Grows Stronger

February 19, 2015

Progress in the nationwide effort to increase access to paid sick days continued at the federal and local levels last week. On Thursday, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Healthy Families Act and the Philadelphia City Council approved a hard-won paid sick days ordinance that Mayor Nutter promptly signed into law.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Next Wave of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Matters to You!

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is doing more than making quality, comprehensive health insurance more affordable for millions of women and families.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Help Each Enrollee Find the Health Plan That Best Meets Her or His Needs

February 5, 2015 | Health Care

Help women access the information they need to enroll in coverage that meets their needs and budget by walking them through a few key questions.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

200 Million Reasons to Support Paid Family and Medical Leave

February 5, 2015 | Work and Family > FMLA | Work and Family

22 years ago this week, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — the country's first and only federal law to address the dual demands of job and family.

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Hannah Rimar, Health Program Assistant

From the desk of ... Hannah Rimar

Expand Access to Contraception for Military Women and Families

All women deserve comprehensive birth control coverage and counseling. 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Washington Starts the Year Strong

January 30, 2015

In Washington state, January has been a good month for workers and advocates pushing for family friendly workplace policies. On Tuesday, the Tacoma City Council approved a paid sick days ordinance, making it the first city to do so in 2015, and the first jurisdiction to follow President Obama's recent call for action the issue. And just yesterday, a statewide proposal (HB 1356) that would guarantee at least one million workers the right to earn paid sick days passed out of the House Labor Committee.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Got Covered? Great! Make Sure You Report Your Coverage At Tax Time!

January 26, 2015 | Health Care

It’s officially tax time — everyone’s favorite time of year. In addition to making sure you’ve got all your finances in order, there’s one new thing you need to remember this tax season: to report your health coverage on your tax return.

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From the desk of ... Cristina Aguilar, Repro Health Watch

Beyond Amendment 67: Looking Ahead in the Fight for Reproductive Justice in Colorado

As a new year begins, we have a lot to celebrate in Colorado.

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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

On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in 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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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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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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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

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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