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New and Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies (2015-2016)

CHART | A summary of employers' newly updated or expanded paid family leave policies that includes their rationales.

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.

By the Numbers: Women Continue to Face Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

DATA BRIEF | According to the most recent data available, nearly 31,000 charges of pregnancy discrimination were filed with the EEOC and state-level agencies over a nearly five-year period, and the number of charges remained relatively unchanged from year to year.

Paid Family Leave Policies for Municipal Employees

CHART | A non-exhaustive chart of paid family/parental leave policies that apply to municipal employees.

America’s Women and the Wage Gap

FACT SHEET | Overall, women in the United States are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. When women lose income, their economic security and that of their families is diminished.

A Double Bind: When States Deny Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Expecting and New Parents

Every person should have the freedom to decide if, when and how to raise a family. But for many women struggling to make ends meet, this is not reality. Instead, they face layers of obstacles, including denial of access to abortion care and a lack of workplace supports.

#HighNoon2016 Toolkit

Sample coalition content for #HighNoon2016 debate day tweet storm.

Quantifying America’s Gender Wage Gap Among Key Groups

America’s women and families continue to suffer from a persistent and pervasive gender wage gap. U.S. Census Bureau data reveal the typical size of that gap for women who hold full-time, year-round jobs, as well as for key subgroups of women.

Maternity Care and Liability Findings on Topics of Interest to Policymakers and Others Fact Sheet Series

Substantive Solutions for Preventing and Responding to Injury in Maternity Care Fact Sheet

Defensive Practice in Maternity Care Fact Sheet

Impact of Maternity Care Quality Improvement Programs on Liability Fact Sheet

Interventions that are Unlikely to Foster Substantive Liability Solutions in Maternity Care Fact Sheet

Maternity Care and Liability Gaps in Knowledge Fact Sheet

Liability-Associated Distress Among Maternity Care Providers Sources and Solutions Fact Sheet

Overdue: Insurance Coverage of Doula Care Infographic

Vaginal or Cesarean Birth: What is at Stake for Moms and Babies? Executive Summary

Affordability of Liability Insurance Premiums to Maternity Care Providers Fact Sheet

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