National Partnership for Women & Families

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Shaping Health Policy for Millions, and Still Treating Some on the Side - New York Times

Consumer advocates like Debra L. Ness, the president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, see Dr. Conway as a kindred spirit who understands what is important to patients. “He has the experience of being a clinician, a direct provider of health care services, but also has an incredible grasp of the administrative and policy aspects of health care,” Ms. Ness said.

News Coverage | March 29, 2016 | Health Care

Bill would give military dads, adoptive parents 12 weeks leave - The Hill

"Military families make enormous sacrifices to keep our country safe, and they need and deserve policies that make it possible to remain economically secure when they need time off to care for their families,” added Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | March 21, 2016 | Work and Family

Singles have fewer benefits than married couples — but are slowly gaining more - Washington Post

Two months before, the National Partnership for Women and Families compiled a summary of legislative action on paid sick days at the state and local levels.

News Coverage | March 16, 2016 | Work and Family

When a woman's body at work is seen as a liability, everyone loses - Mashable

One way to design workplaces that champion equality without further stigmatizing women's bodies is to create policies that have universal applications, says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

News Coverage | March 10, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

How to empower patients with medical data - Spark Radio

We spoke to GetMyHealthData project coordinator Erin Mackay about how taking ownership of digital health records can help patients have more informed discussions with doctors, and empower those patients to be more involved in their treatment plan.

News Coverage | March 6, 2016 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Of This Year’s 353 Abortion-Restriction Bills, 70 Percent Are Based On Lies - Slate

More than 70 percent of the abortion restrictions introduced in state legislatures so far this year are based on false information, according to a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 4, 2016 | Reproductive Health

This Is What Paid Leave Looks Like In Every U.S. State - Fast Company

It’s this model that advocacy organizations tend to favor. "Tax credits in our view fall short," Vicki Shabo, Vice President at the National Partnership for Women & Families, tells Fast Company, "because they are entirely dependent on the employer...and there’s no evidence that they change or incentivize employer behaviors . . . [so] you end up perpetuating the inequality that already exists in terms of access to paid leave."

News Coverage | February 23, 2016 | Work and Family

Utah lawmakers hold plan for paid parental leave - Associated Press/Yahoo! Finance

Some states now give paid time off, including California and New Jersey, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonpartisan organization. "Everybody, no matter who they work for, what job they have, or what their circumstance, needs access to paid leave," said Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 18, 2016 | Work and Family

The "big data" app that predicts employees' health - CBS Moneywatch

And pregnancy discrimination charges are increasing, with the number of allegations rising by about one-third during the past decade, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 18, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

CMS and AHIP's quest to tame the wilds of healthcare quality measures - Modern Healthcare

Consumer advocate Carol Sakala, director of childbirth connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, agreed that standard measures will help consumers make comparisons and new measures are needed to address gaps in quality reporting. She called the collaborative a good start and said measure development must continue. More work must be done to fill gaps such as measures of care coordination, shared decisions between patients and doctors, and performance on outcomes reported by patients themselves, Sakala said.

News Coverage | February 16, 2016 | Health Care

Babies born via C-section may be at risk for health problems, researchers say - San Francisco Globe

In the last 50 years, the number of cesarean births have multiplied by seven, according to Childbirth Connection. In 1965 the C-section birth rate was 4.5 percent. In 2014, 32.2 percent of births were C-sections, making it one of the most common procedures in American operating rooms, according to Childbirth Connection.

News Coverage | February 7, 2016 | Maternity

23 Years: Celebrating FMLA (and pushing for The FAMILY Act) - Working Mother

That's why the National Partnership for Women & Families, the advocacy organization that authored the original FMLA law, as well as other groups, has continually worked to improve and expand it.

News Coverage | February 5, 2016 | Work and Family

EEOC Seeks to Require Summary Pay Data From Employers - Bloomberg BNA

The National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington hailed the EEOC's action as “very welcome” news. With the new data, the EEOC and the DOL “will be much better able to identify and stop wage discrimination of all kinds,” Debra Ness, the partnership's president, said in a Jan. 29 statement.“This is a bold, important step that will capture salary data from employers that collectively employ more than 63 million workers,” Ness said, adding that there's “no time to waste” in combating the pay gap.

News Coverage | February 2, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

 The Work-Life Balance Goes to Court - The Nation

 “The top reason why people don’t use the FMLA when they need it is because they can’t afford an unpaid leave,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president of National Partnership for Women and Families. Meanwhile, workers have even more limited access to the unicorn of work-family accommodations, paid family leave. According to National Partnership, “Only 13 percent of workers in the United States have access to paid family leave through their employers.”

News Coverage | January 25, 2016 | Work and Family

Maternal Health Advocates Urge Insurers To Cover Costs Of Birth Doulas - Illinois Public Media

Other benefits include a 9 percent reduction in the use of any pain medications, a 31 percent reduction in the use of synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor, and a 34 percent reduction in reporting a negative birth experience, according to Carol Sakala from the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | January 21, 2016 | Maternity

Hilton offers paid parental leave to all employees, including hourly workers - Washington Post

“We’ve seen incredible momentum on the issue of paid leave,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a District-based nonprofit. “Private sector companies are adopting new policies, and although two weeks falls way short of what working parents need, it’s a great start.”

News Coverage | January 13, 2016 | Work and Family

When a Big Baby Isn’t So Big - New York Times

The study, called Listening to Mothers III, was based on Childbirth Connection’s nationally representative survey of some 1,960 new mothers. It found that four out of five of the mothers who were warned they might have large babies gave birth to infants who were not large, and weighed less than 8 pounds 13 ounces.

News Coverage | January 11, 2016 | Maternity

HIPAA Changes to Help Patient Access to Health Information - EHR Intelligence

“The guidance released yesterday is an important step forward in helping patients exercise their right to access their health information under HIPAA, including electronically. Our cadre of volunteer ‘tracer’ patients has found that, unfortunately, confusion surrounding HIPAA persists and often means that patients don’t get the kind of access to their health care information they need,” said the campaign’s coordinator Christine Bechtel.

News Coverage | January 8, 2016 | Health Information Technology (IT)

For domestic violence victims, paid sick time can be lifeline - Detroit Free Press

More than 43 million Americans don't have paid sick time, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | January 4, 2016 | Work and Family

Paid Family Leave Gains Ground For Private, Public Sector Workers - NPR

This NPR interview features National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo.

News Coverage | December 28, 2015 | Work and Family

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