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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On the Right Track: Institute of Medicine's Essential Benefits Report

October 7, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
America's women and families want and need confidence that when they buy health insurance, it will cover comprehensive benefits that meet their needs. Thanks to health reform, we may soon get that.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

In the Works: New Patient Rights

Patients and families may soon have a great opportunity to have more control over - and make improvements in - the health care they receive.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Crisis Averted. Now What?

August 2, 2011 | Health Care
The deal is done. Both chambers of Congress have now voted, and President Obama has signed an unprecedented bill into law to avert the immediate catastrophe of a government default. But the country will be living with the consequences of this deal for decades to come.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

In Science v. Politics, Science Scores a Win

July 21, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
A milestone for women's health is finally within reach: On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified the full range of FDA-approved contraception and birth control options as preventive health services - and recommended that they be made available to women without additional fees or co-payment under health care reform.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Seniors in America Today: "Not a Pretty Picture"

Earlier this week, I was privileged to be a part of Volunteers of America's third annual discussion on aging issues. I was on a panel with Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief; Mike King, National President and CEO of Volunteers of America, Inc.; and Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP Executive Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement. Our topic: How our nation's public policies affect older Americans, especially women.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

Relentless. Deceptive. Dangerous.

May 5, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
The ""war on women"" in the House of Representatives rages on.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Affordable Care Act at One

This week is the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act - the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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Laura Hessburg, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Laura Hessburg, Repro Health Watch

Let's Not Reverse Our Progress on Stopping HIV/AIDS

March 10, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, when we should all pause to remember that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is still shaping and taking too many lives, in the United States and around the globe.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

Just When You Think You've Seen It All

February 28, 2011 | Reproductive Health | Health Care
Sometimes I think there's not much that can surprise me. But last week proved that theory wrong: the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prohibit federal funds for health care services provided by Planned Parenthood, and eliminate funding for all Title X family planning services, which are the sole source of health care for millions of low-income and uninsured women in this nation.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

Time to Protect Common Sense.

January 22, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Shame on Them!

January 20, 2011 | Health Care
For decades, women and families have been penalized by punitive and predatory insurance practices that have restricted their access to quality, affordable care. But the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing that. It is the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Six Months After Health Reform There is Much to Celebrate...And Lots of Work Ahead

Six months ago today, President Obama signed the health care bill into law. And with his signature, our health care system was opened up for renovation. But, like any remodeling job, we've got a long way to go before the final product will be ready for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Beaches, burgers, and bringing up better care…

The Labor Day weekend is upon us, and many of you will be able to enjoy a much-needed holiday.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

Great News: 'Meaningful Use' Rule Released Today!

We've said it before and you know it's true: health information technology is for better health outcomes, not just better technology. And the new regulations released by the Obama administration show that they get it.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Berwick is Appointed!

Today, President Obama appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). I truly believe that Dr. Berwick is the best man for the job - he is a highly qualified candidate with extraordinary skill, vast experience and a deep dedication to improving America's health care system.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

HealthCare.gov: Your Health Care, Explained!

For many American families, women are the ones who gather information, compare plans, and make the decision about which plan best suits their needs and budget. Today, your job got a little easier.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Dr. Berwick... Just What the Doctor Ordered

Enough is enough. Dr. Berwick - nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - has been the victim of partisan and baseless attacks, and at the Campaign for Better Care, we think it's time to set the record straight.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress...Power...Women...Lunch!

June 30, 2010 | Health Care
A heartfelt thanks to the honoree of this year's National Partnership annual luncheon, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who inspired us with her comments on the future of health reform - and the many women in top positions who are working to implement it.

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Lynn Feinberg, Campaign Director

From the desk of ... Lynn Feinberg

It's Older Americans Month and My Family Needs Better Care! Does Yours?

My two sisters and I are a team. For several years, as we each juggled our own work and family responsibilities, we willingly took on the role of "advocate" and "coordinator" of health care across settings (home, hospital, nursing home) for my father, who died last year at the age of 94. It wasn't easy. At times it sapped our energy and our spirits. But we took on the role out of love and a deep respect for our father.

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Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Lee Partridge

The "Business Case" for Eliminating Health Care Disparities

No one would deny that health care in the United States is riddled with disparities - in access, in treatment, and in outcomes. There are disparities due to gender, race/ethnicity, place of residence, socio-economic status, age and insurance status. Until recently, few attempts have been made to examine how those disparities affect costs. A spate of recent research, however, builds a powerful case for paying much more attention to the connection.

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