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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

“Bad Medicine” Laws Are Harming Women in a Majority of States

February 24, 2016 | Reproductive Health > Abortion

Imagine for a moment that you are a woman in Louisiana who has decided to have an abortion. Here’s what you will experience as you set out to get safe, legal health care. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Promising Paid Sick Time News for Nearly 830,000 More Workers

February 24, 2016

Right on schedule, the U.S. Department of Labor today proposed a rule that will ultimately give 828,000 workers who service federal contracts expanded access to paid sick time, including nearly 437,000 workers who are currently not guaranteed a single paid sick day. This is a much-needed and encouraging step toward implementing the executive order President Obama issued on Labor Day. 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

After Yearslong Battle, Victory in Vermont!

February 17, 2016

Today, by a vote of 81 to 64, the Vermont House of Representatives reaffirmed its support for a statewide paid sick days bill and sent the proposal to the governor, who supports it. The hard-fought victory means Vermont will soon be the fifth state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days.

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Rachel Lyons, Senior Government Affairs Manager

From the desk of ... Rachel Lyons

An Inspiring Day of Action on Paid Leave

When you spend most of your days walking the halls of Congress advocating for policies you truly believe in, you quickly learn that some days are special.

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From the desk of ... Allison Glass, State Director, Healthy & Free Tennessee, Repro Health Watch

Laws Criminalizing Pregnant Women Put People Who Need Health Care in Handcuffs

In 2014, Tennessee enacted a law that threatens women with jail time if they give birth to babies who are shown to have been affected by the use of narcotics during pregnancy.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Voters Say It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave

23 years. During that time, you can raise and put a child through college. Transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease. Move the country from “don’t ask, don’t tell” to marriage equality for all.

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From the desk of ... Megan O'Boyle, GetMyHealthData Tracer, Health IT

A Mother's Journey

Megan is the mother of a child with a rare genetic syndrome. Here, she shares her story of overcoming many obstacles – from high fees to puzzling policies and procedures – to get copies of her daughter’s medical records so she can better coordinate her care.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Troubleshooting Tracers’ Stories

We continue our Tracer Series this week by sharing common roadblocks Tracers have faced when they tried to get and use their health data.

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Small Businesses Support Paid Sick Days in Minneapolis and Across the Country

January 19, 2016

Advocates and small business owners in Minneapolis are making the case for paid sick days. A new report released last week by the Main Street Alliance of Minnesota with the support of the National Partnership for Women & Families summarizes the growing body of evidence that shows paid sick days policies benefit businesses.

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Paid Sick Days Are Already Winning in 2016

January 11, 2016

2016 is off to a good start for many workers who used to lack access to paid sick days. On January 1, Oregon’s statewide paid sick days bill took effect. On January 6, a paid sick days law in New Brunswick, New Jersey, took effect. And today, Spokane, Wash., passed a paid sick days ordinance. 

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

A Tale of Two Tracers

This week, we’re kicking off our series of Tracer stories by sharing stories from two patients who requested their health data and reported back to us about their experiences.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Get Your Health Data in 2016: Become a Tracer

2016. This is it: the year I get my cholesterol under control. It’s not an easy New Year’s resolution, but it’s one I’m confident I can keep track of, in part because I have 24/7 access to my health records.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We Should Be Talking About When America Guarantees Paid Leave — Not If

December 12, 2015 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Two years after the FAMILY Act was first introduced, paid leave is on the horizon in the United States. 

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Big Step: D.C. City Council Holds First Hearing on Paid Leave Proposal

Exactly one week ago, the D.C. City Council held its first hearing on the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, a proposal that would create a much-needed paid family and medical leave insurance program that would make paid leave accessible to virtually every worker in the District.

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From the desk of ... David S. Cohen, Repro Health Watch

Living in the Crosshairs: Violence Against Abortion Providers Hurts Us All

In an ideal world, abortion providers would lead lives just like any other medical professional. However, in the highly charged environment we live in, abortion providers’ lives are different.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Leave and The Raising of America

Why do we, as a nation, make it so difficult for our children to thrive? How can we do better? These are the important questions asked in a powerful new film.

 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

More Than 25,000 New Jersey Workers Gain Paid Sick Days Protections in a Single Week

November 4, 2015

It's been an exciting week for paid sick days! Yesterday, Elizabeth, New Jersey, became the 10th city in the state to pass a paid sick days law. And last week, the Jersey City Council voted to expand the city’s paid sick days law. This is tremendous progress, but hundreds of thousands of workers in the state still cannot earn a single paid sick day. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Tools Will Help Consumers Make Informed Choices in the Health Insurance Marketplace This Year

November 2, 2015 | Health Care

As the 2016 open enrollment period begins, it’s worth reflecting on how far we’ve come: Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, 17.6 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage.

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From the desk of ... Jaime Miracle, Repro Health Watch

Access Without Apology: The Ohio Proactive Abortion Agenda

Last month, pro-choice Ohioans and legislators gathered outside the Statehouse as we have done time and again. But this time something was different.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Domestic Violence Survivors Need and Deserve Workplace Support

October 21, 2015

It is fitting that October is both National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Work and Family Month because supportive workplace policies, such as paid sick and "safe" days, help make it possible for domestic violence survivors to get the help they need without sacrificing their jobs or ability to make ends meet.

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