"We need the new administration to continue the movement to higher-value, people-centered care delivery," says National Partnership President Debra Ness.
“We know that people are more likely to go to work sick or send a sick child to school if they don’t have access to paid sick days,” Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership of Women & Families, explains. “So it’s an economic security issue for women, and it’s also a public health and a personal health issue for everyone.”
“I think we need to watch everything the administration does with respect to women,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “[Trump’s] stacking the cabinet with really the most virulent opponents of abortion and women's health.”
Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, says that whenever companies "recognize that employees have personal lives that should be rich and fulfilling...it's a positive thing."
“They will frame this as flexibility, but it’s about the federal government paying less or making it easier for states to cut back on services,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
“We commend Exelon’s dedication to promoting pay equity in the workplace by signing the White House Equal Pay Pledge, and we urge others to follow in the company’s footsteps to strengthen workplace protections for women and advance fair and family friendly policies,” said National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra Ness.
"We need a health secretary who will fight to ensure high quality care is available and affordable to all and who will make women’s health needs, including reproductive health, a priority," Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement. "This is essential to strengthening families, our economy and the country."
"This is about the worst news they could get heading into Thanksgiving and the holiday season," said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a Washington, D.C.-based group that promotes workplace fairness.
“We applaud CMS for using innovations in technology to help clinicians select and report meaningful measures for the quality of care patients receive,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “APIs hold a lot of promise for helping consumers access and use information in a more actionable and easy-to-understand way, which can lead to improved outcomes for both patients and health care providers.”
In recognition of National Prematurity Awareness Month, National Partnership president Debra Ness and Dr. Sam Ho, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare, give tips on how expectant mothers and their families can increase the likelihood of a safe and healthy pregnancy, delivery and early postnatal period.
“We saw in poll after poll, voters saying this was an issue they cared about,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. While many such policies have been supported by progressive candidates for decades, “the fact that it came up in the general election by the Republican candidate was totally unprecedented.”
National Partnership President Debra Ness discusses new data on pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and why we need Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
In the U.S., more than one in five pregnant women give birth to their first baby by C-section, according to Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
“I do think it set a tone for the administration, and maybe even more than a tone, it showed us what the administration’s priorities would be,” said Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy and senior counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, which advocates for pay equity for women.
“Patients and families will benefit immensely from the continuation of the Partnership for Patients’ important work, which was begun in the CMS Innovation Center,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Vicki Shabo, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families on the wage gap for women who are Latina.
"The conversation has really shifted," says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families. She has seen it change over the past half-dozen years, as several states and a string of cities have passed their own paid parental or family leave policies.
“This is appalling,” said Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy and senior counsel at the organization. “Women in the fast food industry struggle to pay their rent, feed their kids, [and] buy warm clothes in the winter. We must do more to protect them from sexual harassment and ensure their employers take appropriate action when it does occur.”
“When a woman who was denied abortion coverage cannot keep her job because her employer refuses to make reasonable accommodations for her pregnancy–when she has no paid sick days for prenatal appointments or well-baby care–no paid family and medical leave to use after giving birth–the deck is truly stacked against her,” Debra L. Ness, president of National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement released with the analysis.
The success of those efforts demonstrated "a significant change in our culture of healthcare," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a not-for-profit that counts promoting quality healthcare as part of its work, during a call with reporters.
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