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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Making History for Women and Families

At the National Partnership, we couldn’t be more inspired to make history on the issues of paramount importance to women and their families. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Ryan Budget: Bad for Our Health

April 9, 2014 | Health Care

Budgets reflect priorities. Last week, House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House Republican budget. If adopted, it would take health insurance away from millions of Americans, turn Medicaid into a block grant, and put seniors’ access to comprehensive Medicare coverage in jeopardy.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Let's Leave Mad Men-Era Pay Policies in the Past

There is a reason many of us bristle at the thought of what the nation's workplaces were like for women during the Mad Men era: the almost universal recognition that it was a time when sexism was rampant, when women were routinely devalued, disrespected and blatantly discriminated against.

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Maureen Corry, Senior Advisor for Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Maureen Corry

Helping Pregnant Women Become Partners in Their Care

March 28, 2014 | Health Care | Health Care > Maternity

The quality of maternity care in our country needs improvement. While transforming the maternity care system will take time, there is progress to report.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fulfilling the Affordable Care Act’s Promise to Women and Families

March 23, 2014 | Health Care

The ACA has already begun improving the lives of women and families across the country, but we still have work to do.  

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From the desk of ... Elizabeth Sepper, Repro Health Watch

What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court Birth Control Cases? More Than You Might Think.

Access to contraception long seemed settled and remote from the culture wars.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

La Ayuda Financiera Ya Está Aquí: ¡Asegúrate Hoy!

March 7, 2014 | Health Care

Por décadas, el costo ha sido el mayor obstáculo que ha impedido que millones de personas en los Estados Unidos obtengan acceso al seguro médico.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Financial Help Is Here: Get Covered Today!

March 7, 2014 | Health Care

For decades, cost has been a major barrier that prevented tens of millions of Americans from accessing health insurance.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo, Paid Sick Days

New Data, Same Disappointing Paid Sick Days Inequities

We’ve long been aware of disparities in paid sick days access in this country. A new analysis provides a clear, up-to-date picture of just how stark the differences are.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2014

With demand on the rise for measures that will make our country more healthy, fair and family friendly, the National Partnership convened a special congressional briefing to discuss the policies women and families want this year.

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From the desk of ... Bethany Van Kampen, Liz Wagner, Repro Health Watch

The Fight for Women’s Health in Louisiana Continues

On February 4, dozens of allies met on the steps of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) in Baton Rouge to do something that we rarely get to do on the harsh battlefield of reproductive justice work in Louisiana – celebrate a victory.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Choosing a Health Insurance Plan 101

February 12, 2014 | Health Care

Shopping for insurance through your state marketplace? These four questions will help you pick a plan.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Double Booked: The Wisdom of Adopting Family Friendly Policies

Being a working parent is hard. Just last week, my son was in tears as I left at dawn for an overnight trip. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Affordable Care Act: Support for Working Families

February 10, 2014 | Health Care

While the ACA is, indeed, a health policy, it’s also a policy that offers badly needed support to working families.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Paid Sick Days

The FMLA at 21: What a Difference a Year Makes!

One year ago, we recognized the historic 20th anniversary of the FMLA and called on lawmakers to prioritize family friendly workplace policies. Today, on the law’s 21st anniversary, we can point to considerable progress. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Advancing Women and Families in 2014

Following President Obama’s historic call for paid leave in the State of the Union, nearly 16,000 people joined a telephone town hall to discuss the need for a women’s economic agenda.

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From the desk of ... Megan Amundson, Repro Health Watch

McCullen v. Coakley

On January 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCullen v. Coakley, a case challenging the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

President Obama's State of the Union address was a compelling call for a more fair and family friendly nation. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Paid Sick Days

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Today, the Newark City Council built on the strong momentum we have seen around paid sick days already in 2014 by passing a paid sick days standard for New Jersey’s largest city.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Paid Sick Days

Good News for New Jersey’s Working Families

New Jersey became a little more family friendly last week.

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