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If You’re Planning on Having a Baby, Check Your Health Insurance - Washington Post

“The payments that are made are highly concentrated in that little window,” said Carol Sakala, director of the Childbirth Connection, one of the organizations that commissioned the study. Childbirth Connection is a program of the National Partnership for Women and Families, an advocacy group.

News Coverage | June 29, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity

Do Meaningful Use Requirements Need the 5% Objective Back? - EHR Intelligence

“CPeH, C-P Alliance, and the undersigned organizations and individuals are dismayed that CMS intends no longer to require that five percent of patients view, download or transmit their health information or send a secure message to their providers,” the letter from the Consumer Partnership for eHealth states.

News Coverage | June 29, 2015 | Health Care

How to Take Charge of Your Medical Records - Wall Street Journal

News Coverage | June 29, 2015 | Health Care

Constitution Check: Is the Fight Over Obamacare Over, in the Courts and Elsewhere? - National Constitution Center/Yahoo! News

“We hope this decisive 6-3 ruling finally puts an end to politically motivated, grossly irresponsible attacks on the Affordable Care Act….We urge every member of Congress, every lawmaker and every politician to search their consciences and finally end the attempts to defund or derail the ACA,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | June 26, 2015 | Health Care

After Ruling Obama Says ACA 'Here to Stay' - Women’s eNews

"Women are 54 percent of those purchasing coverage through the federal marketplace and would have been hurt the most by an adverse ruling ... Roughly 76 million people are benefiting from access to covered preventive care, including contraceptive services," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | June 25, 2015 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity

Supreme Court Saves Obamacare, Rules Subsidies are Legal on Federal Exchanges - The Business Journals

“We hope this decisive 6-3 ruling finally puts an end to politically motivated, grossly irresponsible attacks on the Affordable Care Act,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | June 25, 2015 | Health Care

Why One CEO Hid Her Pregnancy — and What It Means for All Women - Yahoo! Parenting

“If you look at median wages for full-time earners, it’s higher for fathers than it is for mothers,” Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, D.C., tells Yahoo Parenting.

News Coverage | June 25, 2015 | Workplace Fairness

The Wrong Way - Huffington Post

"This week, extremists in the House of Representatives seem to be firmly in charge as their fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill advances quickly," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | June 25, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity, Health Information Technology (IT)

Defending Meaningful Use Requirements for Patient Engagement - EHR Intelligence

Mark Savage, Director of Health Information Technology Policy and Programs at National Partnership for Women & Families, spoke with EHRIntelligence.com about his organization's disappointment with the proposed meaningful use modifications as well as the near- and long-term disadvantages of limiting patient access to health information.

News Coverage | June 24, 2015 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

5 Key Facts About Montgomery County’s New Paid Sick Leave Law - Bethesda Magazine

The Montgomery County law is the country’s twenty-third paid sick days law, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, a group of advocates for paid sick days.

News Coverage | June 23, 2015 | Work and Family

3 Ways to Improve Consumer Experience on Health Insurance Exchanges - FierceHealthPayer

That's the upshot of a new survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families, which interviewed consumer assistance experts and insurance navigators from California, Colorado, Florida and Illinois

News Coverage | June 23, 2015 | Health Care

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress - Huffington Post

"Those of us who are lucky enough to have paid family leave through our employers -- which is just 13 percent of U.S. workers -- have the security that comes with knowing we can stay home when a baby is born or a loved one needs care without our income plummeting or our jobs disappearing," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | June 20, 2015 | Work and Family

Looking Back in Time: What Women’s Bodies are Telling Us about Modern Maternity Care - Science & Sensibility

Recent data show that mothers themselves may already think what the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report suggests. The series of Listening to Mothers (LtM) studies, a nationally-representative survey of childbearing women, shows a shift in mothers’ attitudes towards normal physiologic birth.

News Coverage | June 18, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity

HELP panel persists on EHR usability - Healthcare IT News

Christine Bechtel, advisor to the National Partnership for Women & Families, made the case for patient control of their own data. "The fact is, as the patient, I am the only one present at all of my healthcare encounters – so I can potentially amass more data, more quickly and more comprehensively than any single healthcare entity can today because I know where it all is," she said.

News Coverage | June 11, 2015 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Richard Branson Is Giving New Parents a Year Off (And You Should Too) - Inc.

"Access to paid leave within that company is so bifurcated between upper management and everyone else. And that's what we're seeing in the U.S. as well," Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, said.

News Coverage | June 11, 2015 | Work and Family

Richard Branson's Virgin Management Grants Year-Long Parental Leave To Boost Health, Happiness - Medical Daily

When working with the National Partnership for Women & Families, the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University found families, businesses, and the public all benefit from paid parental leave. Generous leave led to “greater labor force attachment; increased wages for women, reduced spending in the form of employee replacement costs; and reduce public assistance, such as food stamps.”

News Coverage | June 11, 2015 | Work and Family

AMA tackles MU, ICD-10 at annual meeting — Apple’s developer conference kicks off — Interoperability bill update - Politico Morning eHealth

Witnesses for Wednesday’s Senate HELP hearing on health information exchange have been announced. They include Cerner Chief Executive Neal Patterson; Christine Bechtel, advisor to the National Partnership for Women & Families; Tom Payne, board chair-elect of the American Medical Informatics Association; and Craig Richardville, chief information officer of the Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte.

News Coverage | June 8, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

New Mom Begged Doc: ‘No, Don’t Cut Me!’ - The Daily Beast

(Statistics provided by Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families)

News Coverage | June 5, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity

Doctors Challenge Unscientific Abortion Laws That Force Them To Practice Bad Medicine - ThinkProgress

According to a recent report from the National Partnership for Women & Families, 33 states are currently enforcing at least one of four different types of “bad medicine” laws — unnecessary ultrasound requirements, biased counseling sessions, mandatory waiting periods, and regulations on the abortion pill — that aren’t grounded in any scientific evidence.

News Coverage | June 4, 2015 | Reproductive Health

‘Data Independence Day’ is coming, Mostashari says - MedCity News

“We want to get as much information from tracers by July 4″ to show that there is demand, said one movement leader, Christine Bechtel, former vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, and still an advisor to that organization.

News Coverage | June 4, 2015 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

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