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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

Great News: 'Meaningful Use' Rule Released Today!

We've said it before and you know it's true: health information technology is for better health outcomes, not just better technology. And the new regulations released by the Obama administration show that they get it.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Berwick is Appointed!

Today, President Obama appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). I truly believe that Dr. Berwick is the best man for the job - he is a highly qualified candidate with extraordinary skill, vast experience and a deep dedication to improving America's health care system.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

HealthCare.gov: Your Health Care, Explained!

For many American families, women are the ones who gather information, compare plans, and make the decision about which plan best suits their needs and budget. Today, your job got a little easier.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Dr. Berwick... Just What the Doctor Ordered

Enough is enough. Dr. Berwick - nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - has been the victim of partisan and baseless attacks, and at the Campaign for Better Care, we think it's time to set the record straight.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress...Power...Women...Lunch!

June 30, 2010 | Health Care
A heartfelt thanks to the honoree of this year's National Partnership annual luncheon, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who inspired us with her comments on the future of health reform - and the many women in top positions who are working to implement it.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Survey: People Need, Want Paid Sick Days

Do you worry about losing your job when you get sick? If you're like 40 million other workers in this country, perhaps you should!

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

This Fathers' Day, Congress Should Show that it Remembers Dads and Moms Too

June 18, 2010 | Work and Family

On Sunday, people around the country will be finding a way to show our fathers what an important role they play in our lives. So it's ironic that this week Congress missed a chance to show the American people that it understands that dads—and moms, too—deserve policies to help them meet work and family needs.

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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

Happy 47th Birthday, Equal Pay Act! You haven't changed a bit!

June 10, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

In 1963, the Equal Pay Act, which prohibits employers from paying women less than men for the same work, became law. A lot has changed in the workplace since then. But the Equal Pay Act is still pretty much the same as it was 47 years ago.

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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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