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From the desk of ... Theresa Chalhoub

Further Improvements to ACA Marketplace Websites Are Helping Consumers Find the Right Health Insurance Plans, but More Progress Needed

May 19, 2016 | Health Care

During the third open enrollment period, which ran from November 2015 through January 2016, roughly 12.7 million people purchased health insurance through the marketplace.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Happy Sixth Birthday, Obamacare: Six Ways the ACA Helps Women

March 23, 2016 | Health Care

Six years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, there is a lot to celebrate.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2016

“These issues should be at the top of our national agenda.” That was the message Sen. Cory Booker delivered at the National Partnership’s annual congressional briefing. 

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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 ... Stephanie Glover

Modernizing Managed Care in Medicaid and CHIP to Improve the Quality and Value of Health Care

August 28, 2015 | Health Care

In June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update the managed care regulatory structure for both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program – marking the first time managed care rules will be substantially revised in more than a decade.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A New Tool Helps Consumers and Purchasers Advocate for Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes

August 20, 2015 | Health Care

Throughout our health policy work and in our role co-leading the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance (C-P Alliance), the National Partnership advocates for higher quality, more affordable, patient- and family-centered health care.

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Medicare and Medicaid: 50 Years of Improving the Lives of Women and Families

July 30, 2015 | Health Care

If there was ever a moment that illustrated how public policy can transform people’s lives, it may have come 50 years ago today when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid programs into law.

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From the desk of ... Theresa Chalhoub

Supreme Court Decision in King Lays Foundation for Stronger Health Care System

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell offered a strong reminder of the primary goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): to improve access to affordable health coverage and care.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Wrong Way

Extremists in the House of Representatives seem to be firmly in charge as their fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill advances quickly.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Director of Health Policy

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Drawing On Lessons Learned to Improve Open Enrollment for 2016

June 23, 2015 | Health Care

The third open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces is fast-approaching — it begins November 1, 2015 — and now is the opportunity for policymakers and marketplace administrators to harness lessons learned from the previous enrollment periods to improve the plan comparison and selection process this fall.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Gala to Remember

The National Partnership held its annual gala on June 4, and the speakers, the crowd, the program and the event were extraordinary.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Next Generation ACO Model: Helping Make Care Accountable

May 26, 2015 | Health Care

To further expand accountable care across the health care system, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

Health IT

No Meaningful Use (MU) Without Me: The Power of Consumer Voices

As you know, at the National Partnership for Women & Families, we strongly believe health IT is a real game-changer for patients, helping them take charge of their health and become true partners in improving our health care system.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Pennsylvania's Women's Health Agenda

At a time when women all across this country face discrimination in the workplace and need greater access to reproductive health care, it was encouraging to see what happened in Pennsylvania this week.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The ACA at Five: Incredible Progress Already and More to Come

March 25, 2015 | Health Care

Since its enactment, the Affordable Care Act has had tremendously positive implications for the health and economic security of women and families. Now, President Obama has launched a new forum to help achieve the law's full promise.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Affordable Care Act: Five Years of Progress, and More to Come

March 23, 2015 | Health Care

Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of women and families across our country finally have affordable health coverage and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your health and the health of your family is secure.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Next Wave of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Matters to You!

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is doing more than making quality, comprehensive health insurance more affordable for millions of women and families.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Director of Health Policy

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Help Each Enrollee Find the Health Plan That Best Meets Her or His Needs

February 5, 2015 | Health Care

Help women access the information they need to enroll in coverage that meets their needs and budget by walking them through a few key questions.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Director of Health Policy

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Got Covered? Great! Make Sure You Report Your Coverage At Tax Time!

January 26, 2015 | Health Care

It’s officially tax time — everyone’s favorite time of year. In addition to making sure you’ve got all your finances in order, there’s one new thing you need to remember this tax season: to report your health coverage on your tax return.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Director of Health Policy

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

The Health of Women and Families Will Be at Stake in ‘King v. Burwell’

December 17, 2014 | Health Care

On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case King v. Burwell. The stakes could not be higher for women, for our health care system and for our country.

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