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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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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

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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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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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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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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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

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

Choosing a Health Plan 101

December 18, 2013 | Health Care

While every family has unique health care needs, all women need a basic foundation of knowledge to help them pick the plan that’s best for them.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

We Must Honor the Affordable Care Act’s Commitment to Women

November 15, 2013 | Health Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes key provisions of paramount importance to women... 

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Setting the Record Straight on Guaranteed Maternity Coverage

November 1, 2013 | Health Care

Requiring all marketplace plans to include maternity coverage not only guarantees that women are treated equally in the insurance market, it also protects women and families from exorbitant pregnancy-related medical bills. We should all be embracing these benefits, not disparaging them.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Welcome to the Health Insurance Marketplace!

Get the details on health care coverage and the new Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Day to Remember, A March That Must Continue

On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of men and women came together in Washington, D.C., for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Fifty years later, the march continues.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

One Step Closer to Equity for Peace Corps Volunteers

July 26, 2013 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Here's a fact that may surprise you: Women who work for the Peace Corps at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and women who volunteer for the Peace Corps and serve overseas receive different health care coverage from the federal government.

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Mark Savage, Director of Health Information Technology Policy and Programs

From the desk of ... Mark Savage, Health IT

Moving Forward on Health IT

Delay access to health information you need now?  Pause efforts to ensure that an emergency room can get your medical data from your doctor immediately, if the need arises?  Patients and consumers say no.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Amplifying the Voices of Patients

July 2, 2013 | Health Care

Big changes are taking place in our health care system — and it’s about time. While some innovations have been occurring in limited areas around the country, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is making bigger, bolder transformation of the health care system more of a reality.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Keeping "Wellness" from Turning into Discrimination

May 8, 2013 | Health Care | Workplace Fairness

Today, I had the honor of testifying before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on a topic of critical importance to our nation’s workers: employer wellness programs.

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