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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Sweet Smell of Progress

June 9, 2010 | Judges and Supreme Court
Earlier this month, I was invited by the White House to watch President Obama nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court. The ceremony was even more moving than I expected, and that took me a little by surprise.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Kagan: Supremely Intelligent, Eminently Qualified

May 13, 2010 | Judges and Supreme Court
I had the honor and privilege of attending a special announcement ceremony at the White House on Monday, and I couldn't be more pleased with President Obama's decision to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next United States Supreme Court justice. I have known her for many decades and have deep respect for her commitment to equal justice.

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Laura Hessburg, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Laura Hessburg, Repro Health Watch

An Anniversary Worth Noting

May 10, 2010 | Reproductive Health

The kudos about the 50th anniversary of the FDA's approval of the birth control pill are well deserved. Timely access to contraceptive services has vastly improved maternal and child health, and has been the driving force in reducing rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion in this country. Women's ability to control our fertility has helped us achieve personal, educational and professional goals and made us a critical component of the nation's success.

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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

Mother's Day

May 7, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

My mother has worked full-time in New York for most of her life. New data from the Center for American Progress shows that because of the wage gap between men and women, my mom lost out on $312,000 over her working life.

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Lynn Feinberg, Campaign Director

From the desk of ... Lynn Feinberg

It's Older Americans Month and My Family Needs Better Care! Does Yours?

My two sisters and I are a team. For several years, as we each juggled our own work and family responsibilities, we willingly took on the role of "advocate" and "coordinator" of health care across settings (home, hospital, nursing home) for my father, who died last year at the age of 94. It wasn't easy. At times it sapped our energy and our spirits. But we took on the role out of love and a deep respect for our father.

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Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Lee Partridge

The "Business Case" for Eliminating Health Care Disparities

No one would deny that health care in the United States is riddled with disparities - in access, in treatment, and in outcomes. There are disparities due to gender, race/ethnicity, place of residence, socio-economic status, age and insurance status. Until recently, few attempts have been made to examine how those disparities affect costs. A spate of recent research, however, builds a powerful case for paying much more attention to the connection.

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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

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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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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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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