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Health IT Groups Comment on ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap - Healthcare Informatics

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH), the alliance of multiple patient-centered nonprofit groups led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, applauded ONC for emphasizing partnerships between patients—as well as their families and caregivers—and providers.

News Coverage | April 3, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Health IT groups praise interoperability roadmap - FierceHealthIT

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a non-partisan coalition led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) both recently wrote to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo with praise for the document, as well as recommendations for what can be changed, expanded and clarified.

News Coverage | April 2, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Consumer Partnership for eHealth praises ONC's interoperability plan - Becker's Health IT & CIO Review

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan coalition established in 2005 and led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in its comments the ONC's plan supports a learning health system and the interoperability plan is inclusive of multiple types of health systems and individuals.

News Coverage | April 2, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Partnership lauds draft roadmap citing focus on patient participation - Clinical Innovation+Technology

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth said the roadmap “can help make health information technology the engine of successful reform that it can and should be,” said National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra L. Ness.

News Coverage | March 31, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Health insurance exchanges need an upgrade - The Baltimore Sun

The exchange websites should further improve their navigation features. The National Partnership for Women & Families recently investigated and highlighted the best aspects of each exchange. States should work to upgrade their exchanges based on those findings.

News Coverage | March 30, 2015 | Health Care

Pregnant at Work? What the Supreme Court's Latest Decision Means for You - What To Expect

"This unmistakably says that pregnant women have equal protection in the workplace under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act," says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. She also highlights the significance of Justice Kennedy's dissent.

News Coverage | March 30, 2015 | Workplace Fairness

Analysis finds unequal pay for women on California Capitol - Associated Press/San Jose Mercury News

The National Partnership for Women & Families estimates that the inequality costs women across California $37 billion annually.

News Coverage | March 29, 2015 | Work and Family

The Unexpected Burden of Pregnancy at Work - The Nation

A clear nationwide standard, according to Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families, would protect all women at work, “eliminating the need for workers to go to court to determine whether an employer must provide accommodations for pregnancy,” thus ensuring their rights at work aren’t dependent on an employer’s whim.

News Coverage | March 27, 2015 | Work and Family

Senate Shock: Bipartisan Support for Paid Sick Days - RH Reality Check

“To see 61 senators—Democrats and Republicans—go on record in support of paid sick days is a clear sign that elected officials are hearing from their constituents and taking note of the many cities and states that are adopting paid sick days laws, which are working well for businesses, economies, workers and families,” Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | March 27, 2015 | Work and Family

Taking aim at tech industry inequality, Microsoft extends paid leave to thousands of contractors - Washington Post's "Wonkblog"

“This is one way of changing culture, and changing business practices, and ultimately changing public policy,” said Vicki Shabo, who oversees workplace programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | March 26, 2015 | Work and Family

Pregnant worker wins in Supreme Court, but should Congress boost discrimination protections? - The Business Journals

“But voluntary measures will not be enough, given how pervasive pregnancy discrimination is in our country,” said Judith Lichtman, senior adviser for the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 25, 2015 | Maternity, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family, Judges and Supreme Court

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnant Workers - Glamour

"Any ruling that will mean fewer pregnant women face discrimination in the workplace is good for women, good for families, and good for our economy and our country," said Judith L. Lichtman, a senior advisor at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | March 25, 2015 | Maternity, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family, Judges and Supreme Court

Paid Family Leave Is Primed for a National Debate - U.S. News & World Report

“The evidence from the states show that the concerns that [opponents] raise are unfounded,”​ says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “The parade of horribles that they listed before passage hasn't happened.”

News Coverage | March 23, 2015 | Work and Family

Democrats Want To Guarantee Your Right To Seek A Flexible Work Schedule - Huffington Post

“I do think the positive thing here is we're increasingly seeing both Democrats and Republicans identifying a fundamental problem, which is that our workplace policies don’t reflect the needs that working families have,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “At this point, Democrats and Republicans just have very different solutions in mind.”

News Coverage | March 18, 2015 | Work and Family

Only three US states have paid family leave policies – will New York be next? - The Guardian

News Coverage | March 17, 2015 | Work and Family

In latest Senate controversy over abortion, both sides played a role - McClatchy DC

“It adds insult to injury to hold up the vote to confirm Lynch until that bill passes,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 16, 2015 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity

National women’s groups urge Cuomo to push paid family leave - Capital

“According to you, Albany’s appetite for change has been filled by other policies that seek to advance women’s equality, and which deserve to be addressed first," said the letter, which was signed by female leaders from the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the National Partnership for Women and Families, A.F.L.-C.I.O., and the Center for American Progress.

News Coverage | March 16, 2015 | Work and Family

Senate must confirm Loretta Lynch now - The Hill

"At this moment in history, when we have had so many reminders that discrimination still pervades our workplaces and communities, confirmation of Lynch to serve as attorney general would send a powerful and badly needed message that lawmakers can put aside partisanship and petty squabbling when so much is at stake'" said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 12, 2015 | Work and Family

‘Fetal Anesthesia': The Creative New Way To Limit Abortion Access And Enshrine Bad Science Into Law - ThinkProgress

According to a recent report from the National Partnership for Women & Families, 33 states currently have at least one of those “bad medicine” laws on the books.

News Coverage | March 11, 2015 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity

City, county leading the region, country with paid parental leave for municipal employees - Pittsburgh City Paper

"Pennsylvania doesn't really do much beyond what federal law requires, and beyond extended benefits for some state workers," says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Her organization gave Pennsylvania a grade of D on its report about the 50 states' family-leave policies.

News Coverage | March 4, 2015 | Work and Family

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