It’s Equal Pay Day and a new report from the National Partnership for Women and Families states that women are still not doing that hot when it comes to their take-home pay.
The wage gap between minority women and white men is even larger than the overall gap between men and women, according to an analysis released this week by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
In a statement, Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said the proposed rule "is a startling and unwelcome departure from the administration's commitment to health care transformation that produces higher value, more patient- and family-centered care," adding, "All of us who care about achieving the 'Triple Aim' -- better care, better health and lower costs -- know that success depends on patients being equal and engaged partners, true co-creators, of their health and their care. This rule signals a turn in precisely the wrong direction."
The White House and congressional Democrats maintain that female workers earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, citing data compiled by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said, “There was not a big lobbying effort around this amendment,” she said. “The vote was a surprise -- but a very positive surprise.”
In its comments, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a non-partisan coalition led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, applauded ONC and also offered several recommendations.
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.
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.
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, told Bloomberg BNA in an interview April 2 that Microsoft's move is “an interesting first step we haven't seen others do.”
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.
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.
"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.
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.
The National Partnership for Women & Families estimates that the inequality costs women across California $37 billion annually.
“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.
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.
“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.
"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.
“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.
“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.”
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