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Comments from Consumer and Patient Organizations on the Proposed Rule

The 21 undersigned organizations are members of the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH), a coalition of consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels that, since 2005, has served as a strong and diverse consumer voice advocating for patient-centered policies related to health information technology (HIT).

Proposed Stage 1 Meaningful Use Rule (March 2010)

The release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) incentive program for the Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs) marks a major, positive step forward in the nation's efforts to improve health and health care by putting modern information technology (IT) tools at the fingertips of medical professionals and consumers alike.

Standards for EHRs (March 2010)

The Interim Final Rule (IFR) on health information technology (IT) standards marks a positive step forward in the nation's efforts to improve health care by putting modern IT tools at the fingertips of medical professionals and consumers alike.

Back to School Sample Letter to the Editor

Fall is challenging for any working parent. Summer is over. Kids are headed back to school – and flu season is around the corner.

Back to School Sample Letter to an Elected Official

Dear Elected Official, As our state approaches back-to-school and flu season, I want to call your attention to the state’s failure to put in place a paid sick days standard – and the very real threat that poses to the health of our children, schools and communities when working parents cannot earn paid sick days.

U.S. Department of Labor FMLA Report Highlights

The following selected findings were compiled and edited by Nicole Casta of the National Partnership for Women & Families from the U.S. Department of Labor report, Balancing the Needs of Families and Employers: Family and Medical Leave Surveys 2000 Update. These findings are based on two surveys: one representing all employees and one representing private-sector establishments.

IWPR Guide to Downloading Data

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for extracting data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages on the BLS website.

IWPR PSD Workers Without Sickdays

Back to School Sample Fact Sheet for your City/State

We all want what's best for our kids. Both parents and educators know firsthand the importance of keeping children healthy, and access to paid sick days for parents can make a real difference.

Back to School PTA Meetings Discussion Questions

Suggested Questions for PTA Meetings and other Parent/School Gatherings

IWPR PSD Savings and Costs Worksheet

Estimate the cost and savings of a minimum paid sick days standard

Back to School Parent Survey Post PTA Meeting

Sample Survey For Parents Following Discussion at a PTA Meeting

Defining Access to Information

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) contained significant public funding for health information technology (HIT) adoption. This expenditure of taxpayer money will be judged by the public based on whether their experience with the health care system is improved and whether it meets their needs more effectively as a result of this spending.

Bypassing Justice: Alaska

2010 State Action on Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid family and medical leave helps ensure workers can perform essential caretaking responsibilities for themselves, seriously ill family members, and newborn or newly-adopted children.

Fact Sheet: Model Legislation Main Points

Coverage: All employers, regardless of size, are covered.

Valuing Families at Work: Priorities for Federal Action 2009

The national economic crisis is taking an enormous toll on families. The unprecedented job losses have made women’s earnings more critical to families and to the economy. For both women and men, losing a job or a paycheck today can be catastrophic and can add demands on already strained state services.

Breach Notification Requirement (October 2009)

The Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH) is a coalition of consumer, patient and labor organizations working to achieve a patient-centered health care system, enabled by health information technology that facilitates shared knowledge and informed decisions. We believe that the successful adoption and use of health information technology will only occur if there is a solid foundation of privacy and security protections that help consumers trust that their personal information will not be inappropriately shared or used.

Justice Matters: Senate Should Confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Women and their families are deeply affected by Supreme Court decisions, which shape many aspects of our lives. These rulings can protect or deny our right to privacy and reproductive choice.

Amicus Brief for the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals: Ingrid Reeves v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

A 2009 friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama improperly concluded that Reeves did not present evidence of gender-based workplace harassment, and urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit not to make the same mistake.

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