National Partnership for Women & Families

Resource Library: Health Care

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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.


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.


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.


National Partnership Comments on Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B for 2017

The National Partnership for Women & Families comments on the proposed rule on Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2017 (CMS-1654-P).


Consumer Partnership for eHealth Comments on Proposed Modifications to Meaningful Use Stages 2 and 3 (September 2016)


National Partnership Comments on Draft 2017 Letter to Issuers in the Federally Facilitated Marketplaces


National Partnership Comments on Summary of Benefits and Coverage Template (2015)


National Partnership Comments on HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016


National Partnership Comments on Draft 2016 Letter to Issuers in the Federally Facilitated Marketplaces


National Partnership Comments on Hospital Star Ratings Program (July 2016)

We commend the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for developing Hospital Star Ratings, which will be a valued and important tool for consumers looking to make informed choices about their hospital care.


Coalition for Better Care Comments on MACRA Proposed Rule (June 2016)


National Partnership Comments on MACRA Proposed Rule (June 2016)

The National Partnership for Women & Families submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.


Consumer Partnership for eHealth Comments on MACRA Proposed Rule (June 2016)


Consumer Benefits of Health IT

This fact sheet outlines how health information technology supports patients and family caregivers (revised version).


Consumer Partnership for eHealth Comments on Request for Information on Assessing Interoperability for MACRA (June 2016)

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth comments on ONC's Request for Information regarding Assessing Interoperability for MACRA, or the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.


Advancing Care Information: Meaningful Use 2.0 Webinar

This webinar presentation reviews health information technology in the context of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.


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.


MACRA Webinar Series - Clinical Practice Improvement Activities: What Consumers Want (April 28, 2016)

This webinar, presented April 28, 2016, reviews Clinical Practice Improvement Activities included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).


National Partnership Comments on Hospital Star Ratings Program (April 2016)

The National Partnership expresses support for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Star Ratings, a valued and important tool for consumers looking to make informed choices about their hospital care.


MACRA 101 Webinar Slides (April 2016)

These slides are from the informational webinar conducted April 14, 2016 and review the context of MACRA, its provisions related to Medicare physician reimbursement, MIPS and APMs, the intersection of MACRA and Meaningful Use, its meaning for consumers and next steps.


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