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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We’re In the Fight of Our Lives – But We’re In It Together

Experiences like the MAKERS Conference and the Women’s March remind us that we are all in this together and that we must keep challenging ourselves to build a collective force for resistance and change.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Trump’s Anti-Woman Cabinet: How It All Adds Up

From gutting the Affordable Care Act to undermining reproductive health care to weakening workplace protections to opposing measures to stop sexual violence, Trump’s nominees have stood outside the mainstream and against the interests of women. Women must be vigilant and we must resist.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Replacing the ACA May Be High Stakes for Lawmakers – But It’s Even More Important to Women

February 1, 2017 | Health Care

Thousands of news stories have documented the politics around repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Every week, it seems, ACA opponents try out some new spin.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Together, we made history at the Women’s March. Now take the next step!

At the National Partnership, we get it. The Women’s March put the Trump administration and the new Congress on notice, but it was only the first step. Now, we each must do everything we can to create a continuous drumbeat for women’s rights and human rights.

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From the desk of ... Theresa Chalhoub

Worse than Your Embarrassing Prom Photo

January 19, 2017 | Health Care

While you may not be able to prevent an embarrassing prom photo from popping up on Facebook today (#TBT), thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many women are able to access basic preventive health care services that were previously out of reach. At least for now.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

With So Much at Stake with Obamacare Repeal, ‘Trust Me’ Simply Isn’t Good Enough

January 12, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Offering no details about a replacement package, Republican leaders are asking us to trust them as they strip millions of their health coverage and economic security. That’s simply not acceptable.

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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Thought your #TBT '00s style was bad?

January 12, 2017 | Health Care

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) is usually a fun way to show your friends a bad ’00s hairstyle or your embarrassing family photo from Disney World — but today’s #TBT is no laughing matter. Right now, Republicans in Congress are working to undermine women’s health and access to care by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Make Value The Priority

January 9, 2017 | Health Care

Historically, our health care system has rewarded the delivery of poor quality care. In this kind of system, health care costs continue to rise but patients fail to improve or stay healthy. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Bottom Drops Out

Sometimes life tests you in ways you never expected. The election that shocked the nation dealt a stunning blow to our efforts to make this country more fair, family friendly and healthy.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Director of Health Policy

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Don’t Be Deterred or Misled – You Can Sign Up for Affordable Health Coverage Now!

November 2, 2016 | Health Care

In this election season, the importance of advancing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become even clearer. Yesterday marked the start of the open enrollment season for plan year 2017. As is always the case, open enrollment provides a critically important chance for individuals and families to sign up for affordable health insurance plans.

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From the desk of ... Debra Ness, David Lansky, Richard Gilfillan, Fran Soistman and Jay Cohen

How Person-Centered Is Your Health Care Organization?

August 30, 2016 | Health Care

The movement to transform the country’s health care delivery system has been underway for several years now, and some moments of truth are approaching. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Hospital Compare: A Tool Consumers Need Now

July 21, 2016 | Health Care

Every day, consumers make choices about which hospitals they or their families will use – and too often, they make those decisions without enough information to guide them.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

An Opportunity to Advance Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
July 8, 2016 | Health Care | Other > Medicare

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will bring the biggest change in decades to how we pay physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care providers who treat Medicare beneficiaries. 

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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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