National Partnership for Women & Families

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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

Feds step up changes to hospital payments - USA Today

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, was quoted in the HHS release saying the change will "drive fundamental changes in how care is delivered, making the health care system more responsive to those it serves and improving care coordination and communication."

News Coverage | January 26, 2015 | Maternity

Medicare unveils timetable for changing how it pays doctors, hospitals - Los Angeles Times

“Today’s announcement will be remembered as a pivotal and transformative moment in making our healthcare system more patient- and family-centered,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a leading consumer advocacy group.

News Coverage | January 26, 2015 | Health Care

The Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid - Washington Post's "Wonkblog"

"We're not just talking about payment that lowers costs," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. "The payment changes are designed to change the way that we deliver care in ways that will make that care work better for patients and families."

News Coverage | January 26, 2015 | Health Care

I Liked My Epidural, Before I Read this Report - Women's eNews

"We have come to use interventions that were developed to meet very specific needs in a very casual way," said Carol Sakala, director of programs at Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | January 23, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity

Five Lessons as the 114th Congress Gets Started | Commentary - Roll Call

Instead of reading tea leaves about the elections, ask voters what they think. The National Partnership and the Rockefeller Family Fund did just that, commissioning a nationwide election night poll of 2014 voters. Eighty-one percent said it’s important for lawmakers to consider new laws that help keep families economically secure such as paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance. Seventy-four percent of independents, 73 percent of Republicans, 75 percent of men, 95 percent of voters under 30, 97 percent of African-Americans and 95 percent of Latinos agreed.

News Coverage | January 19, 2015 | Maternity, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Efforts Brewing To Bolster State's First-In-Nation Paid Sick Days Law - Hartford Courant

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.

News Coverage | January 16, 2015 | Work and Family

Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory - NPR

"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.

News Coverage | January 16, 2015 | Work and Family

Groups hail Obama's paid leave order - The Hill

“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.

News Coverage | January 15, 2015 | Work and Family

Why Obama's Paid Family and Sick Leave Plan Is Awesome For You - Yahoo! Parenting

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.”

News Coverage | January 15, 2015 | Work and Family

Obama to press for paid sick days and paid family leave - CNN

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.

News Coverage | January 14, 2015 | Work and Family

Medicaid expansion in doubt — Obama says no need for King contingency plan — Bipartisan senators introduce medical device repeal bill - Politico Pulse

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.

News Coverage | January 14, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity

Obama to Renew Push for Paid Leave for Working Parents - Associated Press/New York Times

"This is fantastic news for workers, families and our economy," Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | January 14, 2015 | Work and Family

New Report Urges Less Intervention in Births - New York Times' "Motherlode"

“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.

News Coverage | January 13, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity

Sarah Buckley’s “Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care” – A Review for Birth Educators and Doulas - Science & Sensibility

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.

News Coverage | January 13, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity

States, cities prescribe paid sick leave rules - USA Today

(Map data courtesy of the National Partnership for Women & Families)

News Coverage | January 12, 2015 | Work and Family

End the gender pay gap in 2015 - Al Jazeera America

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.

News Coverage | January 12, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Replaced While on Maternity Leave: What's Legal, What's Not? - Yahoo! Parenting

“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.

News Coverage | January 12, 2015 | Work and Family

America’s Workplaces Are Hostile to Families - The Nation

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.”

News Coverage | January 7, 2015 | Work and Family

States Go Beyond Federal Law to Protect Pregnant Workers - The Pew Charitable Trust's "Stateline"

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.

News Coverage | January 7, 2015 | Health Care, Maternity, Workplace Fairness

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