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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On Mother's Day: Expecting Better for All Mothers and Working Families

May 8, 2012 | Work and Family
On Sunday, millions of mothers will be celebrated and honored -- some for the first time, and others as part of a fun family ritual.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Study Shows It's Time to Invest in Paid Leave for U.S. Workers and Families

May 4, 2012 | Work and Family
It is no secret that millions of women are both breadwinners and caregivers for their families, the country is rebuilding its economy, and - at the same time - many federal and state lawmakers are trying to figure out how to reduce spending.

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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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Nothing to Sneeze At: State Activity Continues as Federal Support Grows

April 25, 2012

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen paid sick days efforts progress and make headlines in cities and states throughout the country — and support for the federal Healthy Families Act continues to grow in Congress.

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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

Women's Work: A Political Flashpoint and an Urgent Policy Imperative

April 16, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Women's work. Last week, when Hilary Rosen used words she quickly admitted were poorly chosen, we were all reminded that it remains a huge flashpoint in our society.

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Public Health, Prevention and Paid Sick Days

April 6, 2012

It’s National Public Health Week — a time when the nation’s public health community unites around one aspect of public health to raise awareness and improve the health of the nation.

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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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Paid Sick Days Key in Rebuilding America

March 29, 2012

Today, as paid sick days activity continues throughout the country, Senator Tom Harkin (D – Iowa) introduced an exciting new piece of federal legislation that could establish a national paid sick days standard and highlights the critical connection between workers’ access to paid sick days and working families’ economic security.

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Campaigns Gear Up for Success!

March 24, 2012

As families across the country enjoy unusually warm weather and prepare for the summer, paid sick days campaigns are heating up too.

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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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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Supreme Court Erodes State Workers' FMLA Rights

By a narrow majority, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals has eroded the right of millions of state workers to take job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) when faced with a serious illness, injury, or pregnancy.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Home Care Workers Deserve Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections

March 1, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Every day, nearly three million home care workers in the United States help the elderly and people with disabilities get the daily assistance they need.

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New Study Reveals Dire Conditions for Restaurant Workers

February 17, 2012

A powerful new report released this week paints a dire picture for workers in the restaurant industry.

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From the desk of ... Eva Powell, Health IT

How do Consumers View Health IT?

We are so excited to be able to share with you the results of an unprecedented study, commissioned to examine consumer views on health IT!

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Time for Concrete Action to Stop Discrimination Against Pregnant Women and Caregivers

February 15, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Today, I was honored to join a distinguished group of scholars, advocates, government officials, and legal and policy experts to discuss an issue of critical importance to working women and families in this country: discrimination based on pregnancy and caregiving.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Widespread Inequality in the Restaurant Industry Means Hardship for Women Workers

February 13, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
There are more than 10 million restaurant workers in the United States. The majority are women. These are the hosts and hostesses who greet us, the waiters and waitresses who serve us, the bartenders who fill our drink orders, the attendants and dishwashers who clean up after us, set up our tables, and more.

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

Through the Looking Glass on Contraceptive Coverage

February 6, 2012 | Reproductive Health
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Birth control is basic health care for women.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

19 Years

February 5, 2012 | Work and Family
That's how long it's been since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law.

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From the desk of ... Eva Powell, Health IT

Consumer Advocates Connect on Inaugural Webinar

We had a fabulous inaugural conversation for state-based consumer advocates working on health IT implementation this week!

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