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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

Women’s Equality Depends on Equal Access to Family Friendly Workplace Policies

This Women's Equality Day, in light of all the recent attention to paid leave, let's remind Congress that the fight for equal rights for women is far from over.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What the Overtime Proposal is Really About

The U.S. Department of Labor's proposal to update the country's overtime rules is about our future, and we all have a tremendous amount at stake.

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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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National Partnership Staff

Back-to-School Season: A Good Time to Talk About Paid Sick Days

August 19, 2015

Back-to-school season – a time when attention to what’s best for kids and schools is high – is a good time to raise awareness of the impact that a lack of paid sick days can have on children, schools and entire communities. This new fact sheet and back-to-school toolkit should help.

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Take Action: New Paid Sick Days Data and Stories Make the Case for a National Standard

August 3, 2015

We have seen undeniable paid sick days progress at the state and local levels in recent years, but working people in 41 states still have neither statewide protections nor any local protections. Fact sheets released by the National Partnership for Women & Families last week explore the impact of this lack of paid sick days across the country.

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Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Lee Partridge

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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Data and Stories Make the Case for a National Paid Sick Days Standard

Our new series of fact sheets put into stark relief just how much access to paid sick days in this country still depends on where you live and the job you hold.

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From the desk of ... Tiffany Pryor, Repro Health Watch

Illinois Youth Leaders Campaign to Repeal Parental Notification of Abortion (PNA) Law

My heart dropped when I heard the news on July 13th, 2013. 

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From the desk of ... Theresa Chalhoub

Supreme Court Decision in King Lays Foundation for Stronger Health Care System

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell offered a strong reminder of the primary goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): to improve access to affordable health coverage and care.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Long Overdue Victory for Equality

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in four same-sex marriage cases today, marriage equality is now the law of the land in all 50 states.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Wrong Way

Extremists in the House of Representatives seem to be firmly in charge as their fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill advances quickly.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Drawing On Lessons Learned to Improve Open Enrollment for 2016

June 23, 2015 | Health Care

The third open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces is fast-approaching — it begins November 1, 2015 — and now is the opportunity for policymakers and marketplace administrators to harness lessons learned from the previous enrollment periods to improve the plan comparison and selection process this fall.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress

Once you're done showing your love and appreciation for the fathers in your life, take a minute to ask the dads who represent you in Congress to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act.

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From the desk of ... Chavi Koneru, Repro Health Watch

Lawmakers Should Take a Walk in Her Shoes

On June 5th, with the stroke of a pen, Governor Pat McCrory restricted the rights of North Carolina women by signing a bill imposing a 72-hour mandatory delay on abortions.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Victory! Oregon Will Soon Be Fourth State to Guarantee Paid Sick Days

June 15, 2015

Last Friday, June 12 , nearly half of all private sector workers in Oregon woke up hoping that a case of the flu, strep throat or some other common and contagious illness wouldn’t force them to choose between staying home to recover or care for a sick child and the jobs and wages they need to put food on the table.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

11 Questions Pregnant Employees Worry About

Navigating the workplace — not to mention workplace politics — can be a challenge for pregnant employees.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Gala to Remember

The National Partnership held its annual gala on June 4, and the speakers, the crowd, the program and the event were extraordinary.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Griswold and Me: A Love Story

On Sunday, I’m getting married. As I prepare for this milestone and draft my vows, I’m thinking about our life together and the family we might someday create. 

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From the desk of ... Erin Mackay and Dena Mendelsohn, Health Policy Analyst, Consumers Union, Health IT

A Long Time Coming: Health Technology in the Hands of Patients

Did you know that you may already be able to access your digital health records from home? Harnessing the power of technology to improve health and care doesn’t have to be complicated; you don’t need the latest Fitbit, Apple Watch or GoogleGlass for technology to make an impact on your life.

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