National Partnership for Women & Families

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

New Moms Benefit from Health Reform

April 15, 2010 | Health Care | Work and Family

"Can't you just use the bathroom?"

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Health IT

Now the Hard Work Begins…

That's right. Health reform may officially be law, but now the hard work of fixing our health care system begins.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

It's Official. Campaign for Better Care Launched Today!

That's right. Health reform may officially be law, but now the hard work of fixing our health care system begins.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Health Reform: You Asked, We're Answering...

April 5, 2010 | Health Care
There's been so much misinformation about the new health reform law, it's hard NOT to be confused. But the National Partnership's health policy team wants you to have answers to questions you submitted when President Obama signed the new law.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

A First Family That Puts Families First!

April 1, 2010 | Work and Family

At night after the kids are in bed, most working couples have "kitchen table" talks. Who's going to meet with a teacher, or stay home with a sick child? Who can take mom to the doctor on Friday? Which bills can we pay this week?

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Beginning: Fixing Our Broken Health Care System Starts Now

It's done. Health reform is now the law of the land. Your hard work has paid off, and you should feel proud.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

For Today, Hooray!

Your hard work is paying off. Last night, the House of Representatives said 'yes' to improving health care in our country.

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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

How Much is the Wage Gap Costing Your Family?

March 12, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

Eight months of groceries. That is what the wage gap is costing women and their families. Don't believe it? Do the math.

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Rachna Choudhry, Policy Manager

From the desk of ... Rachna Choudhry

Next Up: Paid Sick Days for 30 Million Workers

It's hard to believe, but the sick truth is tens of millions of workers in the good ole U. S. of A. don't have a single paid sick day.

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Christine Monahan, Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Christine Monahan

Setting the Record Straight: Best Kept Secrets about Health Reform

Between President Obama issuing a new proposal on health insurance reform on Monday and the White House Health Care Summit Thursday, the beat marches on around this debate in Washington.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

FMLA: After 17 Years, It's Time to Take the Next Step

February 5, 2010 | Work and Family
The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 17 today.

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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

Celebrating Ledbetter: End Pay Discrimination Against Women Now!

January 25, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

This week we celebrate the one-year anniversary of enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: a law that righted a terrible Supreme Court decision and set the stage for the next fair pay law we need -- the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Sabrina Corlette, Director of Health Policy Programs

From the desk of ... Sabrina Corlette

Are Workplace Wellness Programs Really as Innocuous as They Seem?

So, what's wrong with the workplace wellness programs included in the Senate's health care reform bill? That's a fair question, and one you may have asked yourself if you saw some of the recent coverage of the issue.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... Kesia Brown, Repro Health Watch

Pregnancy Discrimination On Wisteria Lane!

January 10, 2010 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

If you haven't seen the latest episodes of Desperate Housewives, you have missed more than just the usual melodrama swirling around the residents of Wisteria Lane. A new storyline may be all-too-familiar to many viewers — a woman facing pregnancy discrimination on the job.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Historic Milestone Reached! Bill Needs Improvement…

December 24, 2009 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
Today, the Senate took a historic step to fix our nation's broken health care system by passing comprehensive reform that will cover 31 million more people, prohibit insurance practices that undermine meaningful, affordable coverage, help contain costs, and put us on track to improve the quality and coordination of care.

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Eleanor Allen, Grants Manager and Development Writer

From the desk of ... Eleanor Allen

Wal-Mart's Demerit Practice Makes Me Sick

December 16, 2009 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Given the recent news about Wal-Mart's sick days practice, we all may want to think twice about shopping there this holiday season—which regrettably overlaps with cold and flu season.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Health Care Reform Matters to Older Women

Let's be clear. As both caregivers and patients, women bear the brunt of shortcomings in our health care system - high costs, poor quality, and fragmented, uncoordinated care.

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From the desk of ... Jody Heymann

What Are Lawmakers Afraid Of?

November 17, 2009 | Work and Family

For decades, we've debated whether the United States can afford to provide more family-friendly workplace policies and protections, and whether doing so will increase unemployment and harm our economic competitiveness.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Historic Moment...But at Women's Expense

November 10, 2009 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
The health reform bill the House passed this weekend had some long-overdue advances — and an eleventh hour amendment so appalling it taints the entire bill.

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Jennifer Sweeney, Vice President

From the desk of ... Jennifer Sweeney

Rx for Health Literacy

October is health literacy month and, as Congress debates the widespread challenges in health care, we also need to address the problem of low health literacy — an obstacle people face in doctors' offices across the country everyday and one that has a big impact on health outcomes.

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