“When families can't afford the basics, local businesses lose sales,“ said Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Worker advocates have expressed support for the White House plan. Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said the order is “very welcome and badly needed move to promote fair pay by requiring employers to pay more low-wage workers the wages they rightfully deserve for overtime work.”
Similarly, Childbirth Connection released their third national Listening to Mothers survey in 2013 and reported that among women who had a singleton infant during 2011–2012, 17% rated US maternity care as fair or poor.
From the National Partnership for Women and Families: “At a time when gender- and race-based wage discrimination persist, when complaints of pregnancy discrimination are on the rise, and when women and men of color too often are denied opportunities to advance their careers, confirming a fair and tireless advocate should have been an easy call and a top priority for every senator.”
Twenty-four House members have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner calling on the federal government to use the Stage 3 meaningful-use criteria of the EHR incentive payment program to address health disparities, while also embracing mobile platforms.
In particular, these lawmakers want CMS and ONC to take a long look at the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.
The House members provided recommendations to the administration about integrating disparity reduction opportunities in Stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program and encouraged the administration to look at key tenets of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.
“Business owners play a key role in confirming that family-friendly workplace policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave are win-win for employees and employers,” Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership, told RH Reality Check.
The members provided recommendations to the administration about integrating disparity reduction opportunities in Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program and encouraged the administration to look at key tenets of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.
Meaningful Use could help reduce health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to California legislators.
Concerns over what paid sick leave could mean for small businesses owners have led to what Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, calls a “counter trend” — legislatures enacting laws against paid sick leave before support for the measure can take hold.
A handful of states are passing laws requiring employers to offer paid sick leave for employees. It's been a hotly debated topic in recent years with a number of factors playing a role. Vicki Shabo is the Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families and she tells Tim Muma why employees need to be given the benefit of paid time off for illnesss.
According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a campaign group, the payroll tax costs employees less than $2.25 per month. And when employees use PFL instead of relying on employer-provided paid leave, businesses save money. Indeed 9% of Californian businesses said that PFL had generated cost savings for their firm.
There is a continuum for engagement, said Christine Bechtel, president of Bechtel Health Advisory Group and advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families. Patients are enthusiastic about the ability to access their healthcare information and she cited a survey that found patients with such access feel their physician is more trustworthy.
Almost 40 million U.S. workers lack paid sick leave, the National Partnership for Women & Families notes. Its report found that almost one-quarter of adults have either lost a job or been threatened with firing for taking time off to deal with an illness or a sick dependent.
A recent survey of 1,000 likely voters, commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Rockefeller Family Fund, shows that a broad demographic swath of voters support family-friendly legislation and will cast their votes accordingly. The poll indicates voters are in favor of policy changes, including making it harder for employers to pay women less than men for similar work, guaranteeing workers the ability to earn paid sick time, and creating a national paid family and medical leave fund.
Meanwhile, the National Partnership for Women & Families in a release noted the HITECH Act has greatly improved patients’ access to their health information, allowing many patients to: Access health information within hours or days of a clinical visit or hospital discharge; Contribute to their health records by emailing doctors with corrections or additional data; and View online, download or transmit their own health records.
But much more work remains to fully implement health IT in ways that help our health care system meet the needs of patients, caregivers and providers. We have a responsibility to patients and families to finish the job,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The HITECH Act, which was included in a larger economic stimulus package, officially created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the meaningful use program.
Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement that the widespread use of electronic health records by providers made possible by the HITECH Act’s Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs are “helping to facilitate much-needed culture change by empowering patients.”
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