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Public Health Advocates Get Behind Paid Sick Days

December 23, 2011

This year, we have seen incredible momentum in the fight for paid sick days laws.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Improving Access to the FMLA Through Improved Forms

December 14, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
Nearly 20 years ago, passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was a major milestone in the effort to help families meet their work and family needs.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Congress Must Protect the Lifeline Women and Families Depend On

December 8, 2011 | Work and Family
Some things are simply unthinkable. Congress failing to protect the basic benefits that are keeping women and families afloat is one of them.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Shameful: Partisan Politics Block Another Highly Qualified Judicial Nominee

December 7, 2011 | Judges and Supreme Court
All year, we've seen partisan politics impede the progress America needs -- from jobs to anti-discrimination measures to work and family advances to the safety net.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Honoring the Nation’s Family Caregivers with the Policies They Need

November 23, 2011

When President Obama proclaimed November National Family Caregivers Month this year, he described family caregiving as “heroic work… often done while caregivers balance other commitments to their families, jobs, and communities.”

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Birth Control Under Attack

November 22, 2011 | Reproductive Health
Anti-choice extremists are trying to undermine women's right to birth control under the Affordable Care Act.

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New Study: Lack of Paid Sick Days Contributed to Millions of H1N1 Cases

November 22, 2011

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that various racial and ethnic groups were at greater risk of exposure to H1N1 during the pandemic because they didn’t have access to paid sick days.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman

Dear Supercommittee: There's Nothing "Super" about Cutting Medicaid

November 18, 2011 | Health Care
As a nation, our conversations often revolve around "family values." Yet when it comes to showing that we truly value families, politicians sometimes fall short.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman, Repro Health Watch

A Blog Rally to Protect Medicaid

November 18, 2011 | Reproductive Health
There's been a lot in the news lately about the so-called "supercommittee" in Congress, which has been tasked with trimming more than a trillion dollars from the federal deficit. It's the supercommittee's job to figure out which programs will get the budget axe.

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Davida Silverman, Staff Attorney, NHeLP

From the desk of ... Davida Silverman, NHeLP

Super Committee and Health Care: How Potential Cuts to Medicaid Could Harm Low-Income Women and Girls

November 18, 2011 | Health Care

"Shared sacrifices." "Tough decisions." "Everything is on the table." This is the rhetoric being used to describe the Super Committee's daunting task of reducing the national deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years.

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Keely Monroe, Program Coordinator, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

From the desk of ... Keely Monroe, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

Keep Medicaid Safe to Keep Women Healthy!

November 18, 2011 | Health Care

With a little over a week for the Congressional super committee to complete its work, we must raise our voices to ensure Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are protected in the final deficit reduction package.

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Danielle Garrett, Healthy Policy Analyst, National Women's Law Center

From the desk of ... Danielle Garrett, National Women's Law Center

Tell Congress That Preserving Medicaid is Critically Important to Women and Families

November 18, 2011 | Health Care

The deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (The Super-Committee) to reach an agreement is fast approaching.

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Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

From the desk of ... Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

How Washington's Budget Priorities Injure Immigrant Women

November 17, 2011 | Health Care

Many women in the United States take a huge step forward under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Natalie Camastra, Policy Intern, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

From the desk of ... Natalie Camastra, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Why Now is the Time to Support, Not Undermine, Medicaid

November 17, 2011 | Health Care

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), as the only national organization advocating for reproductive justice and health for millions of Latinas, their families and their communities, strongly urges the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Supercommittee" to reexamine their logic when considering cuts or reforms to Medicaid in order to achieve deficit reduction.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Paid Sick Days: Healthier Families, More Than $1 Billion in Savings

November 17, 2011 | Work and Family

Paid Sick Days and Health: Cost Savings from Reduced Emergency Room Visits finds that, regardless of workers' access to health insurance, there are undeniable connections between the ways in which private sector workers use the health care system and whether they have access to paid sick days.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Gaps in Access to Paid Leave are Significant, Sustained - and Unacceptable

November 15, 2011 | Work and Family
The Census Bureau released a report last week that every family and every lawmaker should note.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Despite Hard-Fought Campaign, Disappointing News from Denver

November 2, 2011

Despite months of passionate and dedicated work by the Campaign for Healthy Denver and its allies in support of a citywide paid sick days standard, Initiative 300 did not pass.

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New Poll: Young People Need Paid Sick Days Too

November 2, 2011

Demos and Young Invincibles released a timely new report today on the barriers to economic success facing young adults in the United States.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Getting Back on Track with Family Friendly Policies

October 31, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

As National Work and Family Month drew to a close this time last year, working families were hopeful that the upcoming election would mean that the economy would turn around, families would regain control of their finances and economic security, and the country would finally get back on track after a crippling recession.

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Helen Luryi, Work and Family Policy Associate

Dispatch from Denver: A Haunting Thought

October 31, 2011

One of the delights of an early November election is volunteering for a campaign on Halloween.

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