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  • Advancing Health Equity: Addressing the Role of Structural Racism

    In the United States, health and racism are inextricably linked. Racism and discrimination are deeply ingrained in the social, political, and economic fabric of our society and have a harmful impact on individuals and communities of color.

  • Social Determinants of Health

    Addressing the social determinants of health is recognized as a key strategy to improve health outcomes, and potentially reduce health disparities. Here's a policy framework for policymakers and the private sector.

  • Tackling Maternal Health Disparities: A Look at Four Local Organizations with Innovative Approaches

    Maternal health disparities have many causes, but disparate social conditions and a lack of prenatal care or substandard maternal care are often key factors. Community-based maternal care models can help to narrow the disparities in maternal health outcomes by providing expanded prenatal, childbirth and postpartum support that is respectful and culturally relevant to at-risk women.

  • Improving Maternal Health Outcomes Requires Bold Congressional Action

    The United States is currently experiencing a maternal health crisis. Bold legislation is required to significantly improve outcomes and save women’s lives.

  • Despite Significant Gains, Women of Color Have Lower Rates of Health Insurance Than White Women

    FACT SHEET | Pervasive coverage disparities remain for women of color, despite significant health insurance gains since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Health insurance provides access to the care women of color need to get and stay healthy, including preventive care, routine screenings and management of chronic conditions.

  • A Guide for Protecting Women’s Health

    Women should be at the forefront of every conversation about the future of our health care system. They play an outsized role in contributing to the health care system as decision-makers and advocates for themselves and their loved ones. But, their unique circumstances are too frequently ignored, with a variety of adverse health and economic implications for them and their families.

  • Better Together: Policies to Expand Insurance Coverage and Promote Supportive Workplaces Help Families Thrive

    ISSUE BRIEF | This issue brief demonstrates that very few states have policies to address the intersecting needs of women and families, and it outlines how the health and financial security of women and families are positively affected by having comprehensive health insurance and supportive workplaces.

  • An Agenda for Progress for Women and Families

  • Women's Health Coverage: Stalled Progress

    New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that 1 in 10 women lack access to health insurance. This year, progress in reducing the number of uninsured has stalled. This is likely due to continued sabotage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including Congressional attempts to repeal the ACA and the Administration’s stark reduction in federal outreach efforts.

  • Supporting Informed Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report for 2017

    This report is the fourth in a series on how the online health insurance marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act are becoming increasingly consumer-friendly. It includes recommendations for further improvement.

  • Repealing the Essential Health Benefits Would be Devastating for Women’s Health

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation, but Republicans in Congress are dead set on rolling back key provisions that ensure women’s access to necessary health care services, such as maternity care. They are trading women’s access to care for votes on a bill that would already wreak havoc on our health care system and take health care away from at least 24 million people.

  • CPeH 2016 Activities and Accomplishments

    Health information technology (health IT) can enable the access, engagement and partnership that individuals and families need for better care coordination and better health. In 2016, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) successfully integrated person-centered health IT into new national initiatives designed to transform the way care is delivered and shift the emphasis from quantity of health services to quality and value.

  • Improving Care for Pregnant Women and New Parents

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation, and includes benefits that are critically important for pregnant women and new parents. Thanks to the ACA, most plans now ensure coverage for the health services expecting and new parents need. The law guarantees coverage for maternity services and provides support for eligible new parents once their child is born.

  • Summary of Key Provisions

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Improving access to health care has long been a priority for women for a number of reasons, including the fact that women have more contact with the health care system over their lifetimes than do men; their health care needs are greater, especially during their reproductive years; and many women coordinate health care for spouses, children, aging parents and other loved ones. The ACA has already improved women’s access to health insurance coverage, making access to quality, affordable health care more of a reality for women and their families.

  • A Consumer’s Guide to Choosing and Using Health Insurance

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. In the more than six years since its passage, it has made more affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage available to millions of consumers. About 20 million people have gained health coverage under the law, and roughly 12.7 million people signed up for marketplace plans during the third open enrollment period.

  • Supporting Informed Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report for 2016

    This report looks at the tools that were available during the third open enrollment period to consumers who were window shopping on HealthCare.gov, which is used in 38 states, and on the 13 state-based marketplace websites. It was conducted in January and supplemented by six focus groups in five states with consumers who had shopped on marketplace websites. It builds on a 2015 analysis of the features available on marketplace websites during the second open enrollment period.

  • Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care (2015)

    This report finds that the country’s maternity care system is missing opportunities to provide better care and use resources more wisely by routinely intervening in labor and delivery in ways that interfere with, instead of promoting, supporting and protecting, innate biological processes that result in healthier outcomes for women and newborns.

  • Understanding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Fact Sheet (April 2016)

    The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is intended to accelerate the transition to a health care system that rewards quality and value, rather than volume, and help ensure that patients experience better care and improved health outcomes.

  • Cross Cutting Consumer Criteria for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

    A truly patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is grounded in comprehensive and well-coordinated primary care that treats the whole person and is consistent with each patient’s unique needs and preferences.

  • Cesarean Birth Trends 1989-2015

    The preliminary national cesarean rate for 2014 is 32.2 percent of all births. This is a slight drop from the national peak of 32.9 percent in 2009.

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