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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Labor Day 2018: Congress Needs to Step Up

Next week the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, we fear — and expect, based on his record — that workers’ rights and the rights of women will be in grave jeopardy.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Stabilize Housing, Improve Women’s Health

July 26, 2018 | Health Care

Where you live, work and play all affect your health. Indeed, research shows that access to nutritious food and safe housing are clearly linked to your health.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

I am one of the 67 million women and girls with a pre-existing condition.

June 21, 2018 | Health Care

Having my son could essentially blacklist me from getting affordable, comprehensive health coverage if opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) succeed with their relentless efforts to sabotage it. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Healing with HEAA

May 23, 2018 | Health Care

Supporting the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) should be a no-brainer. This bill would help eliminate racial and ethnic health and health care disparities. 

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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Taking Stock of the ACA’s Preventive Services Coverage During National Women’s Health Week

Co-author(s): Jessi Leigh Swenson
May 17, 2018 | Health Care

For National Women’s Health Week this year, we’re reminding women of some of the preventive services they can access – without cost sharing – thanks to the ACA. 

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From the desk of ... Dawn Godbolt

Minority Health Month 2018: Tackling Persistent Health Disparities

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
April 23, 2018 | Health Care

To call attention to the persistent health disparities women of color face all year, we analyzed U.S. Census Bureau health insurance data for a five-part fact sheet series. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Honoring Black Maternal Health Week

April 13, 2018 | Health Care

Too many Black women are dying in pregnancy and childbirth. It's unacceptable. We're proud to support Black Mamas Matter Alliance's Black Maternal Health Week.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This International Women’s Day, We Must #PressforProgress on Women’s Health

Co-author(s): Katie Martin
March 8, 2018 | Health Care

We all must speak out against the Trump administration’s attacks on women’s health and health care -- before it's too late.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Women Just Can’t Win: Medicaid Work Requirements and Inadequate Workplace Policies

February 28, 2018 | Health Care

Here’s an idea for politicians who claim they want to help women and families become more financially secure: Don’t institute punishing work requirements in programs that are meant to help people achieve and maintain economic security. Instead, promote and protect access to affordable, quality health care and supportive workplace policies.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Delays are Destructive: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Need Health Care Funding Now

February 7, 2018 | Health Care

It is my hope that by Super Bowl 2019, I will be able to tell my son that Puerto Rican families have the resources they need to enjoy a Sunday football game, rather than worry about basic necessities and access to affordable health care. We urge Congress to act without further delay.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Moment, a March and a Movement Poised to Win the Policies Women and Families Need

Many of us — including women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and people with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness — recognize that Trump's federal government is putting all of us last.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Censoring Science Is Never a Good Idea

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

Letting politics dictate health policy is outrageous! This is not what the country wants. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Connecting Virginians to the Health Coverage They Need

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

This year, National Partnership staff helped Virginians sign up for health coverage during open enrollment.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

9 Million Reasons Congress Must Act Now to Save CHIP

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
October 6, 2017 | Health Care

Congress: Act now and fund CHIP fully. More than 9 million kids, and millions of families, are depending on you. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

A Marketing Plan Designed to Fail

October 4, 2017 | Health Care

This open enrollment period, we have an obligation to help the more than 28 million people in this country without health insurance sign up.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Hyde Amendment Continues to Punish Our Country’s Most Vulnerable Women

September 29, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

For 41 long years, the Hyde amendment has penalized low-income women by withholding coverage for abortion care from those enrolled in Medicaid. 

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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Women Are Watching

September 5, 2017 | Health Care

As the primary health care decision-makers for our families, women have a lot of stake in the debate about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women Continue to Resist and to Insist on Equality for All

There is another side to the nation’s story right now – the story of the power and persistence of women. Our voices are the ones that have changed, and will continue to change, the nature of power.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

#MomsDontNeed

Holidays are nice. Progress is nicer.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women & Families in 2017

“This is the time to move women’s rights forward, not roll back the progress we have made over decades.” 

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