The effects of having employees go to work while sick can be far ranging, noted Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the Washington, D.C.,-based National Partnership for Women & Families.
“Make no mistake, this legislation is being proposed as a next step by those who aim to overturn Roe v. Wade. It is blatantly unconstitutional, banning abortion before viability and violating women’s fundamental right to make the very personal decision whether or not to continue a pregnancy,’ said Andrea Friedman, director of reproductive health programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families.
At the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Boston this week, the organization officially approved 17 policy statements, including one calling for the US to improve access to paid sick and family leave and one urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require workplace injury and illness prevention programs.
Patient and family engagement is gaining acceptance as a strategy to integrate the wisdom and experiences of patients, caregivers, and the advocacy groups that represent them into efforts to improve healthcare outcomes and quality.
"There are a number of reports that have come out about wage theft, which is depriving workers of overtime pay," said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The National Partnership for Women and Families, a non-partisan non-profit organization advocating for women’s rights since 1971, is the source of the gender pay gap report.
The National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C., said many of the families hurt by the shutdown will feel its effects for some time.
Another study conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Families found that the median yearly pay for women employed full time is $11.084 less than men’s.
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth offered it opinion of what is needed for Stage 3, writing, “We believe the ‘Meaningful Use’ EHR Incentive Program offers a significant, unprecedented opportunity to reduce health disparities by addressing not only the multi-faceted needs of individuals and groups, but also the overlapping needs of all populations.
The National Partnership for Women & Families says that more than 40 million private sector workers, about 40 percent of the workforce, don’t earn paid sick days.
“Prior to the ACA, individual plans or small group plans would do gender rating, where they would charge a higher rate for women than men for the same insurance plan,” says Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, senior health policy counsel at the National Partnership for Women and Families. “If you were a small business that employed a majority of women, you paid a higher rate. But now you can no longer rate a plan based on gender.”
Paid family leave refers to policies that allow workers to take time off from work to recover from illness, to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a newly born or adopted child.
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is a non-partisan group made up of more than 50 consumer, patient and labor organizations and led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, a group that has been working in health information technology policy since 2005.
Twenty years after Congress enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act, the law continues to evolve.
"Expansion of the District's law on paid sick days to include bar and restaurant workers...is badly needed. It is unfortunate that opponents are trotting out the same baseless, discredited arguments they used five years ago to try to block progress."
Debra Ness of the National Partnership for Women and Families... called them "a tremendous victory for home care workers, fair pay, quality care and the well-being of our nation. The home care workforce has been grossly undervalued for much too long...Nearly half of home care workers rely on public assistance to make ends meet because of poverty-level wages and few benefits. These regulations will help change this grave injustice and improve working conditions."
According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, 80 percent of patients who have access to their health information through an EHR use it.
"We have the chance to leverage Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use Program to make significant progress in addressing disparities, said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families - the group spearheading the CPeH coalition - in a press statement.
Right now, such benefits are still purely dependent on where you work. I can tell you about 100 employers that are committed to supporting new working parents, but for too many employees, the juggle is still a struggle. That's why we joined with the National Partnership for Women and Families to demand a federal mandate for paid family leave.
“The ability to decide when and how we have children is critical to our economic well-being,” said Judy Lichtman of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
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