National Partnership for Women & Families

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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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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

New Moms Benefit from Health Reform

April 15, 2010 | Health Care | Work and Family

"Can't you just use the bathroom?"

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Health IT

Now the Hard Work Begins…

That's right. Health reform may officially be law, but now the hard work of fixing our health care system begins.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

It's Official. Campaign for Better Care Launched Today!

That's right. Health reform may officially be law, but now the hard work of fixing our health care system begins.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Health Reform: You Asked, We're Answering...

April 5, 2010 | Health Care
There's been so much misinformation about the new health reform law, it's hard NOT to be confused. But the National Partnership's health policy team wants you to have answers to questions you submitted when President Obama signed the new law.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Beginning: Fixing Our Broken Health Care System Starts Now

It's done. Health reform is now the law of the land. Your hard work has paid off, and you should feel proud.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

For Today, Hooray!

Your hard work is paying off. Last night, the House of Representatives said 'yes' to improving health care in our country.

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Christine Monahan, Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Christine Monahan

Setting the Record Straight: Best Kept Secrets about Health Reform

Between President Obama issuing a new proposal on health insurance reform on Monday and the White House Health Care Summit Thursday, the beat marches on around this debate in Washington.

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Sabrina Corlette, Director of Health Policy Programs

From the desk of ... Sabrina Corlette

Are Workplace Wellness Programs Really as Innocuous as They Seem?

So, what's wrong with the workplace wellness programs included in the Senate's health care reform bill? That's a fair question, and one you may have asked yourself if you saw some of the recent coverage of the issue.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Historic Milestone Reached! Bill Needs Improvement…

December 24, 2009 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
Today, the Senate took a historic step to fix our nation's broken health care system by passing comprehensive reform that will cover 31 million more people, prohibit insurance practices that undermine meaningful, affordable coverage, help contain costs, and put us on track to improve the quality and coordination of care.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Health Care Reform Matters to Older Women

Let's be clear. As both caregivers and patients, women bear the brunt of shortcomings in our health care system - high costs, poor quality, and fragmented, uncoordinated care.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Historic Moment...But at Women's Expense

November 10, 2009 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
The health reform bill the House passed this weekend had some long-overdue advances — and an eleventh hour amendment so appalling it taints the entire bill.

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Jennifer Sweeney, Vice President

From the desk of ... Jennifer Sweeney

Rx for Health Literacy

October is health literacy month and, as Congress debates the widespread challenges in health care, we also need to address the problem of low health literacy — an obstacle people face in doctors' offices across the country everyday and one that has a big impact on health outcomes.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel

The Evidence is There: Better Coordinated Care Makes Sense and Saves Money. Duh.

This just in. What health care experts have suspected for some time has been demonstrated by a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care: patients who can rely on a coordinated system where their providers talk to each other, their medical information is available electronically, and they have improved access to doctors and nurses - have better health outcomes.

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Lynn Feinberg, Campaign Director

From the desk of ... Lynn Feinberg

The Costs of Family Caregiving in an Aging Society: What Is Your Experience?

Everyone I know has at least one personal story about the overwhelming stress and frustration in trying to arrange, coordinate or provide the best possible care for an aging parent, spouse, grandparent, other older relative or friend, not to mention the spiraling costs of health care.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

President Obama has spoken. This is your moment!

September 11, 2009 | Health Care
President Obama delivered a powerful and passionate speech on health insurance reform.

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Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Lee Partridge

Virginia is for ... Moms-to-be: New On-Line Tool Helps Expecting Parents Choose Hospitals, Doctors

September 9, 2009 | Health Care
You're pregnant, your first language is Vietnamese, and you'd like to find an obstetrician who speaks your language. You had your first baby by emergency C-section, in another state, but you want to try to deliver the second vaginally, and you'd like to find a doctor who seems to use C-sections sparingly. Or you want very much to breastfeed your baby, and you'd like to deliver at a hospital with lactation consultants available.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Debunking Myths and Misinformation in the Health Reform Debate

It is always a terrible shame when politics gets in the way of the imperative to meet the health care needs of women.

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