Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, called Connecticut's law "a great first step" and predicted that several other states, notably Oregon and Vermont, will soon follow suit.
"What businesses find is that workers are better able to take care of the family responsibilities they might have, come back to work, be more productive, be more engaged and less likely to drop out of the workforce," said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
“As a large and growing body of research, and the experiences of millions of workers and businesses show, policies that enable workers to care for themselves and their families without risking their jobs or economic security are good for workers, families, businesses and our economy,” said National Partnership President Debra Ness.
The way families live and work today is full of impossible choices, Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, tells Yahoo! Parenting. “For workers paid hourly, without a single paid sick day, they’re having to choose between earning a paycheck to pay their rent or to take care of a sick child.”
In 2006, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to guarantee access to earned sick days, and in 2011, Connecticut became the first state to mandate the benefit, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Common interventions in labor and delivery don’t always improve outcomes, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Partnership for Women and Families.
"This is fantastic news for workers, families and our economy," Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
A long awaited report written by Dr. Sarah Buckley, “Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care” is being released by Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women and Families. In this valuable report, Dr. Buckley gathers the most current research and provides the definitive guide for the role of hormones in normal, natural birth.
“It’s important for both clinicians and women to understand that common interventions, that we have come to view quite casually, are actually quite consequential,” said Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
(Map data courtesy of the National Partnership for Women & Families)
In 2015 groups such as the National Partnership for Women and Families hope to close gaps in federal workplace protections to address the needs of pregnant workers. They are urging Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act to achieve this critical step.
“What we often hear is that women think they have a right to paid maternity leave, but in actuality only 60 percent of workers are even eligible for unpaid leave,” Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families,' tells Yahoo! Parenting.
Nationwide, three states and sixteen cities have passed paid sick days laws. At the same time, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families, “nearly four in 10 private sector workers can’t earn paid sick days.”
More than 250,000 women a year are denied their requests for pregnancy accommodation, according to a 2013 survey by Childbirth Connection, a project of the National Partnership for Women & Families. More than half the women surveyed said they did not request an accommodation because they feared retaliation.
A new survey recently released by the National Partnership for Women & Families found that 86% of patients with online access to their EHRs use it, and they report higher levels of knowledge about their health and a desire to "do something" to improve their health.
Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs at the National Partnership, told Bloomberg BNA that patients advocates like himself and privacy experts are concerned that de-identified data, health records stripped of information that directly identifies the patient such as names or addresses, can be re-identified, or traced back to the original record.
Not only are more consumers accessing their online electronic health records (EHRs), but patients’ trust in the privacy and security of EHRs has increased since 2011, according to a recent National Partnership for Women & Families study.
Patients this year are significantly more interested in accessing their electronic health records online than they were in 2011, according to a survey released by the National Partnership for Women & Families, EHR Intelligence reports.
“The fact that the Affordable Care Act requires qualified health plans to cover maternity care and offers financial assistance to reduce out-of-pocket costs is a game changer for many women,” says Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, director of health policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families.
"We have made progress in leaps and bounds in just a few short years," said Mark Savage, the National Partnership for Women & Families' director of health information technology policy and programs, in a statement. "But clearly there are barriers still to overcome, and this report breaks down policy implications for the meaningful use program as well as broader delivery system initiatives that must be carried out. And it's an important reminder that meeting the needs of patients and families must always be at the core of health IT design and implementation."
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