"Here in the U.S., while the war was going on, you had women in jobs in factories and in all kinds of jobs the men had held. But women went home" when the soldiers returned from the war, explains Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership on Women and Families.
Many consumer advocates applauded the government's move, but some industry groups urged caution. "This kind of innovation is a positive and promising step toward a healthcare system that rewards value instead of volume," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra L. Ness authored this opinion-editorial on the proposed fiscal year 2016 Labor-HHS-Education budgets.
"The fact that the largest state in the country, the most populous state in the country has enacted a paid sick leave law will show, I'm sure, that this policy is good for workers, good for business and good for the economy," said Vicki Shabo, a vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
"Access to paid leave within that company is so bifurcated between upper management and everyone else. And that's what we're seeing in the U.S. as well," Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, said.
When working with the National Partnership for Women & Families, the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University found families, businesses, and the public all benefit from paid parental leave. Generous leave led to “greater labor force attachment; increased wages for women, reduced spending in the form of employee replacement costs; and reduce public assistance, such as food stamps.”
Christine Bechtel, advisor to the National Partnership for Women & Families, made the case for patient control of their own data. "The fact is, as the patient, I am the only one present at all of my healthcare encounters – so I can potentially amass more data, more quickly and more comprehensively than any single healthcare entity can today because I know where it all is," she said.
Witnesses for Wednesday’s Senate HELP hearing on health information exchange have been announced. They include Cerner Chief Executive Neal Patterson; Christine Bechtel, advisor to the National Partnership for Women & Families; Tom Payne, board chair-elect of the American Medical Informatics Association; and Craig Richardville, chief information officer of the Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte.
(Statistics provided by Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families)
According to a recent report from the National Partnership for Women & Families, 33 states are currently enforcing at least one of four different types of “bad medicine” laws — unnecessary ultrasound requirements, biased counseling sessions, mandatory waiting periods, and regulations on the abortion pill — that aren’t grounded in any scientific evidence.
“We want to get as much information from tracers by July 4″ to show that there is demand, said one movement leader, Christine Bechtel, former vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, and still an advisor to that organization.
"And that’s why I announced today, during a speech at the National Partnership for Women and Families’ annual luncheon, that Care.com is proud to support these important pieces of legislation," said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder, chairwoman and CEO of Care.com.
"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. Every day, patients and families around the country use digital health data in less flashy but effective ways to help them manage their health or care for a loved one," said Dena Mendelsohn, health policy analyst at Consumers Union, and Erin Mackay from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
"Companies that violate labor laws will face consequences," said Debra Ness, executive director of the National Partnership of Women and Families. "That, in turn, will help prevent millions of workers from being subject to harmful or unlawful treatment," Ness said. Her group has campaigned for the new rules, because they would especially help underpaid woman workers.
(Statistics provided by the National Partnership for Women & Families)
“Today’s actions from the Labor Department and the FAR Council are good news for workers, taxpayers and the nation—and a major step forward in ensuring only companies that abide by our nation’s labor laws get federal contracts,” Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said.
“Understanding patient and family needs, values and preferences is critical to designing care and implementing changes that improve outcomes and the experience of care and reduce costs,” said Jennifer Sweeney, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families
In 1993, when the FMLA finally passed, Republican Representative John Boehner, serving his first term in Congress, predicted it would cause the “demise” of U.S. business. “People thought we were crazy, verging on communism, it was going to be the end of free enterprise,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
“What the secretary has done has started an important conversation about leave policies,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington D.C.
"Corporate America is beginning to step forward to adopt these policies – in Facebook’s case, by saying the company won’t be party to poverty wages and practices that force workers to choose between job and family," Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said in a statement.
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