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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

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, Director, Consumer Engagement and Community Outreach

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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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

What Did You Just Sign?

October 26, 2009 | Workplace Fairness

Every day, women's rights and civil rights groups work to improve the laws that govern our lives. And several times each day, workers sign away their right to enforce those laws in court.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel

The Evidence is There: Better Coordinated Care Makes Sense and Saves Money. Duh.

This just in. What health care experts have suspected for some time has been demonstrated by a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care: patients who can rely on a coordinated system where their providers talk to each other, their medical information is available electronically, and they have improved access to doctors and nurses - have better health outcomes.

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Lynn Feinberg, Campaign Director

From the desk of ... Lynn Feinberg

The Costs of Family Caregiving in an Aging Society: What Is Your Experience?

Everyone I know has at least one personal story about the overwhelming stress and frustration in trying to arrange, coordinate or provide the best possible care for an aging parent, spouse, grandparent, other older relative or friend, not to mention the spiraling costs of health care.

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Karen Pesapane, Senior Development Associate

From the desk of ... Karen Pesapane

Does Your Child Care Center Provide Paid Sick Days?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps updating its guidelines to help child care and early childhood programs - - and all of us - - respond to influenza during the 2009-2010 flu season.

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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

No Progress on the Wage Gap...Again!

September 14, 2009 | Workplace Fairness

It is official. Women are still getting short-changed when it comes to our wages. Last week, the government released information on pay and gender.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

President Obama has spoken. This is your moment!

September 11, 2009 | Health Care
President Obama delivered a powerful and passionate speech on health insurance reform.

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Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Lee Partridge

Virginia is for ... Moms-to-be: New On-Line Tool Helps Expecting Parents Choose Hospitals, Doctors

September 9, 2009 | Health Care
You're pregnant, your first language is Vietnamese, and you'd like to find an obstetrician who speaks your language. You had your first baby by emergency C-section, in another state, but you want to try to deliver the second vaginally, and you'd like to find a doctor who seems to use C-sections sparingly. Or you want very much to breastfeed your baby, and you'd like to deliver at a hospital with lactation consultants available.

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Rachna Choudhry, Policy Manager

From the desk of ... Rachna Choudhry

With H1N1 Spreading this Labor Day: We Need Paid Sick Days, Not Another iPhone App

As schools reopen and cooler, drier temperatures return here to Washington, D.C., the nation waits for the second wave of the H1N1 flu to hit us.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Debunking Myths and Misinformation in the Health Reform Debate

It is always a terrible shame when politics gets in the way of the imperative to meet the health care needs of women.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Debunking Myths and Misinformation in the Health Reform Debate

It is always a terrible shame when politics gets in the way of the imperative to meet the health care needs of women.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Life and Legacy of Ted Kennedy

August 29, 2009 | Health Care
Here at the National Partnership, we are grieving the loss of our good friend and supporter Ted Kennedy.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Huge Loss for the Nation

August 26, 2009 | Other | Health Care | Work and Family
When Senator Edward M. Kennedy lost his battle with cancer, our nation lost a real champion of justice and equality, a man who truly understood the struggles of families in the United States, and a passionate, effective and tireless advocate for women's and civil rights. At the National Partnership for Women & Families, we also lost a dear friend.

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Steffany Stern, Policy Analyst

From the desk of ... Steffany Stern

Start Spreading the News: Paid Sick Days Coming to NYC

Campaigns to make paid sick days a basic workplace standard have sprung up around the country—and now New York City is getting in on the action.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Proud Moment

August 6, 2009 | Judges and Supreme Court
I am thrilled that the Senate has confirmed the first Latina -- and the third woman -- to serve on the Supreme Court.

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