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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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Elina Alterman, Health Information Technology Policy and Outreach Coordinator

From the desk of ... Elina Alterman, Health IT

Why Health IT is Truly the Cat's Meow

Those of us who work in the health IT world spend our days analyzing policies, creating advocacy strategies, and talking about meaningful use criteria, quality improvement, and care coordination till we're blue in the face. But how does that play out when we leave the office? More often than not, we bring our work home.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

It's All in the Details: Employer Wellness Programs Can Help or Harm

March 22, 2013 | Health Care | Workplace Fairness
As health care purchasers, consumers, and decision makers for ourselves and our families, women are keenly interested in wellness and preventing illness.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

If Budgets Reflect Priorities...

If our budgets reflect our priorities, what does Paul Ryan's budget say about our country, how much we value women and our compassion for the most vulnerable among us? Nothing good, I am afraid.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The 'With Model' of Patient and Family Engagement

November 27, 2012 | Health Care
As our national debate over health care reform continues, with its future, at least in part, likely to be shaped by the election, one thing is clear: There is consensus that we need to move to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Election 2012: Women and Families Need Full Implementation of Health Reform

November 9, 2012 | Health Care
One of the certainties coming out of this week's election is that health care reform is moving forward. And it's about time.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

At Long Last, Preventive Care Will Be Affordable for All Women, Thanks to Health Reform

July 31, 2012 | Health Care
The Affordable Care Act is the greatest advance for women's health in a generation, and tomorrow one of its promises becomes reality for millions of women, who will be healthier and better off as a result.

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Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Lee Partridge

There's No Place Like (A Medical) Home

Today, fully 1/3 of our health care spending is wasted on payments for medical mistakes and poor quality care.

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Christine Monahan, Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Christine Monahan

Eliminating Disparities in Maternal Health

Co-author(s): Kalahn Taylor-Clark
April 26, 2012 | Health Care

How does race and ethnicity intersect with other identities (including sex, gender identity, etc.) in ways that compound barriers to health care and lead to health disparities?

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Medicare Matters to Older Women

April 24, 2012 | Health Care
The Medicare Trustees announced this week that the program will remain solvent until 2024 - the same projection as last year.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Older Women's Stake in Health Reform

April 3, 2012 | Health Care
This week, all the talk in Washington has been about handicapping the outcome of the Supreme Court health reform cases, and identifying winners and losers.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

10 Things to LOVE About the Affordable Care Act

March 21, 2012 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
This week, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turns two. Let's not mince words: This law is the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Defending Progress on Health Care

January 17, 2012 | Health Care | Judges and Supreme Court
In March, the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - the health reform law enacted in 2010.

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Keely Monroe, Program Coordinator, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

From the desk of ... Keely Monroe, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

Keep Medicaid Safe to Keep Women Healthy!

November 18, 2011 | Health Care

With a little over a week for the Congressional super committee to complete its work, we must raise our voices to ensure Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are protected in the final deficit reduction package.

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Danielle Garrett, Healthy Policy Analyst, National Women's Law Center

From the desk of ... Danielle Garrett, National Women's Law Center

Tell Congress That Preserving Medicaid is Critically Important to Women and Families

November 18, 2011 | Health Care

The deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (The Super-Committee) to reach an agreement is fast approaching.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman

Dear Supercommittee: There's Nothing "Super" about Cutting Medicaid

November 18, 2011 | Health Care
As a nation, our conversations often revolve around "family values." Yet when it comes to showing that we truly value families, politicians sometimes fall short.

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