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Coverage Statistics

Family economic insecurity is on the rise. Increasing numbers of women and families are losing employer-sponsored insurance and either going without insurance or enrolling in Medicaid.


Older Women Need ACA

Because women live longer, they make up more than half of the Medicare population and are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions. As both caregivers and patients, older women have borne the brunt of shortcomings in our health care system – high costs, poor quality, and fragmented, uncoordinated care.


Affordability

Women on average earn less than men and are more likely to live in poverty. Female households, which are on the rise, are especially at risk of of living in poverty. Many women also have caregiving responsibilities, which limit their time and ability to work outside the home and require in additional health care spending.


Health Status

Compared with men, women are more likely to be in fair or poor health and face greater rates of disease or chronic conditions on a number of indicators. This is compounded for women of color, women with disabilities, and lesbians.


Comments on the Wage and Hour Division’s Proposed Information Collection Request

The undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s request for public comment. This letter responds to the Wage and Hour Division’s proposed information collection request for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) employee and employer surveys. 76 Fed. Reg. 18254 (April 1, 2011).


National Partnership Comments to DOL on FMLA Surveys — May 2011

The undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s request for public comment. This letter responds to the Wage and Hour Division’s proposed information collection request for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) employee and employer surveys.


Consumer Platform for Health IT

Members of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) have been working for more than five years to advance patient-centered, consumer-focused health IT (information technology). We believe our nation is at a pivotal moment for transforming our health care system with the support of better information.


The Consumer Platform for Health IT

Members of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) have been working for more than five years to advance patient-centered, consumer-focused health IT (information technology).


Recommendations for Catastrophic Health Plans (April 2011)

The Affordable Care Act allows for catastrophic health plans to be sold to individuals under age 30 and to those who are unable to afford comprehensive coverage. These plans are prohibited by law from providing any benefits aside from preventive services and three primary care visits before the enrollee pays almost $6,000 in cost-sharing.


The Affordable Care Act: Increasing Access to Health Care for Lower-Income Women & Families

High health care costs – along with the common practice of charging higher insurance premiums based on sex – leave many lower-income women with no or inadequate health insurance, little access to health services, and risk for economic ruin if they or a family member fall ill.


Protecting the Medical Loss Ratio (March 2011)

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend at least 80-85% of premium dollars on providing beneficiaries with health care and improving the quality of their care, and not on administrative costs and profits. The National Partnership and a number of consumer and patient advocacy organizations wrote to Secretary Sebelius opposing efforts to undermine this important consumer protection.


Conflict of Interest Protections in Exchange Governing Bodies (March 2011)

One of the most important issues that states face as they draft health insurance exchange legislation is who will govern the exchange. Although multiple parties have an interest in the competitive insurance market that exchanges will create, the primary goal of the exchanges is to serve health insurance consumers.


The Affordable Care Act: Easing the Burden on Older Women

Access to affordable, quality health care is central to the well-being of older women. It is a key determinant of their quality of life, their economic security, and their ability to thrive, prosper and participate fully in our society.


Proposed Criteria for Stage 2 Meaningful Use (February 2011)

The undersigned consumer organizations are members of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care (CBC). The CPeH is a coalition of consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels that, since 2005, has advocated for patient-centered policies related to health IT.


Recommendations for Regulations on Employer Wellness Programs (February 2011)

In December, 2010, the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services announced their intention to propose regulations to increase how much employers can reward or penalize employees who participate in outcomes-based wellness programs as part of employer-sponsored health insurance.


Comments on the Rate Increase Disclosure and Review Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (February 2011)

The Affordable Care Act calls on states to review unreasonable health insurance rate increases to protect consumers and small businesses from unfair, discriminatory hikes in their premium costs. The National Partnership wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that this important protection apply evenly across all small businesses up to 100 employees and not defer to state definitions which may restrict its application to only groups with fewer than 25 or 50 employees.


Letter in Opposition to H.R.2 (Repealing Health Reform), (January 2011)

I am writing to ask you to protect women and families in your district by opposing repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In recent years, my colleagues and I have talked to countless women across this country who struggle mightily in a health care system fraught with delays, discrimination, and denials of care.


Comments on the Draft National Prevention Strategy (January 2011)

The Affordable Care Act calls for the creation of a comprehensive and coordinated National Prevention Strategy. The National Partnership believes that the National Prevention Strategy can play a vital role in moving our country toward a health model based on wellness, but urge the federal government to recognize the importance of sexual health as an essential, integral component of overall health and incorporate reproductive and sexual health into the National Prevention Strategy.


Comments on Priorities for Pediatric Quality Measures (January 2011)

In conjunction with Childbirth Connection, the National Partnership submitted comments on priorities for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) pediatric quality measures program. Through CHIP, the country has the opportunity to focus national resources and attention on performance measurement in the realm of child health care, including the promotion of healthy birth.


Q&A: Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals

How does the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) work? What coverage do state employees have?


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