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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What Do Mothers Need? Fair Pay

It’s no surprise these days that women’s wages are essential to their families and our economy. That’s why, as our #WhatMothersNeed week of action continues, we’re talking about the urgent need for fair pay.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What Do Mothers Need? Family Friendly Workplaces

For a country that claims to value families, the United States does little to show it when it comes to the workplace.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

What Do Mothers Need? An End to Pregnancy Discrimination

Mother’s Day is this weekend. And at the National Partnership, we have joined with our allies, members of Congress and activists across the country to take a week-long look at what mothers truly need this year – beyond messages of gratitude.

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Maureen Corry, Senior Advisor for Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Maureen Corry

What Do Mothers Need? Quality Maternity Care

May 5, 2014 | Health Care > Maternity

As Mother’s Day approaches, we renew our commitment to improving the quality of maternity care so women can enjoy safe, satisfying pregnancies and births, and babies can have a healthy start in life. We ask you to join us.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Increased Transparency in Health Care: Good News for Patients and Families

In good news for patients and families, the federal government recently took two important steps to increase transparency. These actions exemplify a changing health care culture that recognizes the need for openness.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Making History for Women and Families

At the National Partnership, we couldn’t be more inspired to make history on the issues of paramount importance to women and their families.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Ryan Budget: Bad for Our Health

April 9, 2014 | Health Care

Budgets reflect priorities. Last week, House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House Republican budget. If adopted, it would take health insurance away from millions of Americans, turn Medicaid into a block grant, and put seniors’ access to comprehensive Medicare coverage in jeopardy.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Let's Leave Mad Men-Era Pay Policies in the Past

There is a reason many of us bristle at the thought of what the nation's workplaces were like for women during the Mad Men era: the almost universal recognition that it was a time when sexism was rampant, when women were routinely devalued, disrespected and blatantly discriminated against.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

When You Marginalize Women’s Health, You Sanction Inequality

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases brought by for-profit corporations challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control benefit, which requires that health plans include coverage for contraception – a basic health service that 99 percent of women use at some point in their lives.

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Maureen Corry, Senior Advisor for Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Maureen Corry

Helping Pregnant Women Become Partners in Their Care

March 28, 2014 | Health Care | Health Care > Maternity

The quality of maternity care in our country needs improvement. While transforming the maternity care system will take time, there is progress to report.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fulfilling the Affordable Care Act’s Promise to Women and Families

March 23, 2014 | Health Care

The ACA has already begun improving the lives of women and families across the country, but we still have work to do.

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From the desk of ... Elizabeth Sepper, Repro Health Watch

What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court Birth Control Cases? More Than You Might Think.

Access to contraception long seemed settled and remote from the culture wars.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Financial Help Is Here: Get Covered Today!

March 7, 2014 | Health Care

For decades, cost has been a major barrier that prevented tens of millions of Americans from accessing health insurance.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

La Ayuda Financiera Ya Está Aquí: ¡Asegúrate Hoy!

March 7, 2014 | Health Care

Por décadas, el costo ha sido el mayor obstáculo que ha impedido que millones de personas en los Estados Unidos obtengan acceso al seguro médico.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Data, Same Disappointing Paid Sick Days Inequities

We’ve long been aware of disparities in paid sick days access in this country. A new analysis provides a clear, up-to-date picture of just how stark the differences are.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2014

With demand on the rise for measures that will make our country more healthy, fair and family friendly, the National Partnership convened a special congressional briefing to discuss the policies women and families want this year.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Coast-to-Coast Paid Sick Days Momentum in 2014

February 26, 2014

Less than two months into the year, remarkable support for and momentum around paid sick days policies are building from coast to coast.

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From the desk of ... Bethany Van Kampen, Liz Wagner, Repro Health Watch

The Fight for Women’s Health in Louisiana Continues

On February 4, dozens of allies met on the steps of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) in Baton Rouge to do something that we rarely get to do on the harsh battlefield of reproductive justice work in Louisiana – celebrate a victory.

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Choosing a Health Insurance Plan 101

February 12, 2014 | Health Care

Shopping for insurance through your state marketplace? These four questions will help you pick a plan.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Double Booked: The Wisdom of Adopting Family Friendly Policies

February 12, 2014

Being a working parent is hard. Just last week, my son was in tears as I left at dawn for an overnight trip. 

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