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U.S. Senator Patty Murray Rallies Paid Sick Days Advocates

April 23, 2015

Paid sick days advocates from across the country got a boost from U.S. Senator Patty Murray today. Murray is the lead Senate sponsor of the Healthy Families Act and she championed the recent budget amendment that garnered bipartisan support for paid sick days. Today, she joined a national coalition call to talk about the issue.

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National Partnership Staff

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The White House Recognizes Paid Sick Days Champions

April 17, 2015

Closing out a week of attention to families’ economic security, the Obama administration paid special tribute yesterday to state and local “champions of change” who are making a real difference in communities and workplaces across the country. Among them were several paid sick days advocates whose dedication and victories are paving the way for national level progress.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Five Reasons You Should Care About the U.S. Senate’s Paid Sick Days Vote

April 2, 2015

In a flurry of budget amendment votes in the U.S. Senate last week, those of us who advocate for paid sick days and other family friendly workplace policies witnessed an encouraging and unprecedented sign of progress. The vote was promising, but there is more work to do.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

March 28, 2015

Cross-posted from the Huffington Post. It's clear that America's families, lawmakers and employers are ready for action to advance paid sick days and paid leave policies. The Obama administration's new effort, combined with continued progress in jurisdictions and at individual companies like Microsoft, will make that even clearer.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

The announcement that White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will soon kick off a historic 'Lead On Leave' tour is exciting news that comes amidst strong, widespread demand and support for paid leave.

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From the desk of ... Maggie Moran, Repro Health Watch

Montana House Moves to Preemptively Ban Telemedical Abortion, But There is Good News

In Montana, we are two-thirds of the way through our 64th Legislature and there is no doubt that 2015 is a tough year for reproductive rights.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The ACA at Five: Incredible Progress Already and More to Come

March 25, 2015 | Health Care

Since its enactment, the Affordable Care Act has had tremendously positive implications for the health and economic security of women and families. Now, President Obama has launched a new forum to help achieve the law's full promise.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Affordable Care Act: Five Years of Progress, and More to Come

March 23, 2015 | Health Care

Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of women and families across our country finally have affordable health coverage and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your health and the health of your family is secure.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

82 Percent of Chicago Voters Call for Paid Sick Days

February 27, 2015

This week’s election in Chicago generated much attention due to its impact on the iconic city’s future leaders. But voters were also faced with a ballot question critical to more than 460,000 workers and the overall health and well-being of the city. 

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From the desk of ... Allison Glass, Repro Health Watch

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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