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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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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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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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