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Advocates Say the Time Is Now for National Paid Sick Leave Legislation - RH Reality Check

While the press conference was happening, Philadelphia became the 17th U.S. city to pass a local law mandating paid sick days. Three states—Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts—mandate paid sick leave as well. The bulk of these advances at the city and state level have come just in the last two years, the fruits of a decade-long grassroots campaign. “What a difference a few years makes,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | February 13, 2015 | Work and Family

DeLauro, Murray reintroduce legislation on paid sick days - Safety+Health Magazine

Employees without paid sick days are more likely to go to work while ill, potentially spreading infectious diseases to co-workers, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, a proponent of sick-day legislation.

News Coverage | February 13, 2015 | Work and Family

Marketplaces Can Improve on Aiding Informed Decision Making - AJMC

“We found many promising practices that enhance transparency in the marketplace and support informed decision-making by consumers,” said Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, director of health policy at the National Partnership. “Anonymous browsing has become standard practice. Marketplace websites are starting to allow consumers to tailor their searches to align with their circumstances and preferences.”

News Coverage | February 12, 2015 | Health Care

Nutter to sign city’s first earned sick leave bill - Metro

“This is a good day for Philadelphians and for the effort to ensure that all workers in this country have this basic right,” Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families said in a statement.

News Coverage | February 12, 2015 | Work and Family

Philadelphia joins paid-leave push - The Hill

“The momentum for paid sick days is undeniable,” Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said in a news release.

News Coverage | February 12, 2015 | Work and Family

Report: Marketplaces can do more to improve transparency - FierceHealthPayer

A recent report from the National Partnership for Women & Families found that nearly all marketplace websites include a "window-shopping" feature that lets consumers see plan options through an anonymous browsing function. Before this feature was installed across the sites, consumers were unable to determine costs such as deductibles.

News Coverage | February 11, 2015 | Health Care

Access to Paid Sick Leave Is Vital for Those Seeking Reproductive Health Care - RH Reality Check

According to a National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF) survey of U.S. women who gave birth between July 2011 and 2012, 9 percent of pregnant women who requested schedule changes or time off while pregnant (for reasons relating to their pregnancy, such as prenatal appointments) said their requests were denied.

News Coverage | February 11, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity, Work and Family

Hormones & Healthy Birth: Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Doula for Continuous Support - Giving Birth With Confidence

Marching forward with our Hormones and Healthy Birth series, today we look at "Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Doula for Continuous Support" and how it relates to the findings in the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report from Childbirth Connection, a a program of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | February 11, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity

Co-ops lobby for easier financing - Too many unnecessary angioplasties? - GAO says Medicaid’s picking up insurers’ bills - Politico Pulse

HealthCare.gov and 14 state-run exchanges could do more to help patients make informed choices about their insurance plans, according to a new analysis from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 11, 2015 | Health Care

You Shouldn't Have to Be Lucky to Get Paid Sick Days | Commentary - Roll Call

The National Partnership for Women and Families reports that almost 30 percent of adults serve as unpaid family caregivers annually. When a family caregiver has a paid job, their caregiving duties will necessitate taking some time off. We want caring and healthier families. A national paid sick days requirement is an overdue policy to strengthen and support American families.

News Coverage | February 10, 2015 | Work and Family

Proposal to guarantee paid sick days could move forward in Philadelphia, but not elsewhere in Pa. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Generally, the laws require employees to earn an hour of paid sick time for a certain number of hours worked," said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 5, 2015 | Work and Family

Will Paid Leave Laws Gain Traction Through the 2016 Budget? - Bloomberg BNA's "HR and Payroll Blog"

Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, told Bloomberg BNA Jan. 23 that the organization opposes the bill because it offers workers a “false choice” between pay and leave time. “Workers need the wages to support their families and they need the time to care for themselves and their loved ones,” she said.

News Coverage | February 4, 2015 | Work and Family

ONC's plan to achieve basic interoperability by 2017 - The Advisory Board Company's "The Daily Briefing"

National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra Ness in a statement said the draft is a "very welcome, very promising and very smart next step" toward achieving interoperability.

News Coverage | February 2, 2015 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data - Reuters

"We are especially pleased that the new roadmap focuses on interoperability not just among providers, but also patients and their family caregivers, recognizing them as equal partners in the continuum of care," Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement.

News Coverage | January 30, 2015 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

ONC unveils Interoperability Roadmap for public comment - FierceHealthIT

Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, also praised the roadmap, calling it a "very welcome, very promising, and very smart next step."

News Coverage | January 30, 2015 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

The Economic Benefits of Paid Parental Leave - New York Times' "Upshot"

In New Jersey, in the year after giving birth, women who take paid leave have been about 40 percent less likely to receive public aid or food stamps, a Rutgers study commissioned by the National Partnership for Women and Families found.

News Coverage | January 30, 2015 | Work and Family

ONC Unveils Plan To Realize Basic Interoperability by 2017 - iHealthBeat

National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra Ness in a statement said the draft is a "very welcome, very promising and very smart next step" toward achieving interoperability.

News Coverage | January 30, 2015 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

ONC unveils interoperability roadmap, first-ever standards advisory - Clinical Innovation+Technology

Debra L. Ness, president, National Partnership for Women & Families, also applauded the draft roadmap. It’s “a very welcome, very promising and very smart next step in the effort to create a health IT system that will make healthcare more patient- and family-centered in this country. We are especially pleased that the new roadmap focuses on interoperability not just among providers, but also patients and their family caregivers, recognizing them as equal partners in the continuum of care and in electronic access to and use of health information.”

News Coverage | January 30, 2015 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Family Leave: How time off can bolster workers and businesses - Bank of America's "Small Business Community"

"When workers come back, they tend to be more loyal and focused, feel greater happiness, and a resolve to do a good job," says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership For Women & Families, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that was instrumental in getting the FMLA passed in 1993.

News Coverage | January 28, 2015 | Work and Family

Women's rights group calls for passage of paid leave bill - The Hill

“Ensuring federal employees can take paid time off when new children arrive is not only the right thing to do for the health and well-being of these workers and their families; it would also save the government money through reduced turnover and replacement costs, and it would help the federal government attract and retain a valuable workforce, including much-needed younger workers,” said National Partnership President Debra Ness in a statement.

News Coverage | January 27, 2015 | Work and Family

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