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Natalie Camastra, Policy Intern, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

From the desk of ... Natalie Camastra, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Why Now is the Time to Support, Not Undermine, Medicaid

November 17, 2011 | Health Care

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), as the only national organization advocating for reproductive justice and health for millions of Latinas, their families and their communities, strongly urges the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Supercommittee" to reexamine their logic when considering cuts or reforms to Medicaid in order to achieve deficit reduction.

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Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

From the desk of ... Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

How Washington's Budget Priorities Injure Immigrant Women

November 17, 2011 | Health Care

Many women in the United States take a huge step forward under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Paid Sick Days: Healthier Families, More Than $1 Billion in Savings

November 17, 2011 | Work and Family

Paid Sick Days and Health: Cost Savings from Reduced Emergency Room Visits finds that, regardless of workers' access to health insurance, there are undeniable connections between the ways in which private sector workers use the health care system and whether they have access to paid sick days.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Gaps in Access to Paid Leave are Significant, Sustained - and Unacceptable

November 15, 2011 | Work and Family
The Census Bureau released a report last week that every family and every lawmaker should note.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Workplace Support a Critical Step Toward Eliminating Poverty

October 28, 2011 | Work and Family

One of the biggest threats to the well-being of our nation's women and families is poverty.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Welcome Progress, But the Final Verdict on ACOs Is Yet to Come

October 28, 2011 | Health Care
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may have done what once seemed impossible. Its final rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) seems to have put an end to the rancor and bitter debate on this particular issue, shaping a framework that just about all parties can accept.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Realizing the Full Potential of Health Reform

When it passed, we recognized the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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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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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

State Workers Deserve FMLA Protections

September 29, 2011 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Daniel Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals - a case that could erode the right of millions of women and men to work free from discrimination and to take job-protected, unpaid leave for serious medical conditions.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

America's Working Parents Deserve Paid Leave - Take Action Today!

September 26, 2011 | Work and Family
The arrival of a new child should be a time of pure celebration. Sadly, for millions of working parents without paid leave in this country, the joyous occasion can be short-lived.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Remembering a Major Step toward Equality in the Courts

September 25, 2011 | Judges and Supreme Court
Thirty years ago today, women and girls in every corner of the country watched with pride as Sandra Day O'Connor raised her right hand, took an oath and became the first woman justice on the Supreme Court.

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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Victory in Seattle!

September 12, 2011 | Work and Family

It is an exciting day for Seattle workers.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fair Pay: What a Difference a Union Makes

September 2, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
On Monday, the country will celebrate Labor Day - a national holiday established to honor the strength of America's workers and its unions. All workers who are in unions benefit from higher wages, better benefits, retirement security and more - but the union difference for today's women is especially striking, particularly when it comes to fair pay.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Connecticut Poll: Paid Sick Days are a Voting Issue

Connecticut recently became the first state to pass a law offering many workers the right to earn paid sick days.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

The Supreme Court's one-two punch: Class actions in the wake of Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T v. Concepcion

With the recent decisions in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court weakened the ability of individuals to band together in class action lawsuits to challenge corporate misconduct.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Keeping the Dream of Full Equality Alive

August 26, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
It's Women's Equality Day - a commemoration of the 19th Amendment and women's steady march toward equality, a tribute to how far we have come, and a reminder of the work still to do.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

The Good, the Bad and the Hope for Breastfeeding Rights

August 22, 2011 | Work and Family
Roughly four million women give birth in the United States every year - and most choose to breastfeed (74 percent). After all, the nutritional value of breast milk is well documented. Numerous studies show that breastfeeding protects mothers and children from a range of acute and chronic health conditions. But with two-thirds of today's working women returning to work within three months of giving birth, the lack of supportive workplace policies and laws is forcing too many nursing mothers to quit breastfeeding early - or never start.

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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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