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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.


Health IT Policy Committee’s Meaningful Use Recommendation (June 2009)

The Consumer Partnership for e-Health is a coalition of consumer, patient and labor organizations working toward a patient-centered health care system enabled by health information technology. Transforming the health care delivery system from one centered on the needs of providers and payers, to a coordinated system of care that emphasizes active consumer participation and meaningful partnerships between patients and providers is foundational to health reform.


Amicus Brief for the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals: Mary Lou Mikula v. Allegheny County of Pennsylvania


Regional Extension Centers (June 2009)

The Consumer Partnership for e-Health is a coalition of consumer, patient and labor organizations working toward a patient-centered health care system, enabled by health information technology and sharing of knowledge. Effective, meaningful use of HIT is an essential element of achieving the fundamental shift from a delivery system that is centered on the needs of providers and payers, to one that emphasizes active consumer participation and meaningful partnerships between patients and providers to support health improvement – a patient-centered health care system.


Amicus Brief for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals: Lynette Harris v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

A 2009 friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to reverse the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, which failed to recognize the gender bias and sexual harassing environment of Harris's workplace.


Amicus Brief: Frank Ricci et al. v. John Destefano et al.

This Court and Congress have long made clear that Title VII prohibits both disparate impact and disparate treatment discrimination as coequal and complementary components of the Civil Rights Act’s commitment to equal opportunity in the workplace.


PSD IWPR Workers By Establishment Size


PSD IWPR Workers By Establishment Size Estimator

Calculate the number and percentage of workers in your state by establishment size


Final HHS Regulation Backgrounder

The Obama Administration has initiated the process to rescind a harmful regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services – one of the infamous ‘midnight regulations’- that became effective on the last day of the Bush Administration. The HHS regulation threatens to dramatically undermine access to a broad range of health information and services by essentially allowing health care workers and institutions an unfettered ability to refuse to provide health care services, information, and referrals that offend their religious beliefs or moral convictions.


Paid Sick Days Presentation Template

Many State Workers Lack Paid Sick Days


Proposed HHS Reg Backgrounder

On August 26, 2008, the Bush Administration proposed a politically-motivated regulatory change that would significantly expand the rights of individuals and institutions to refuse to provide or help provide health care services that offend their religious beliefs or moral convictions. While this poorly-drafted rule raises as many questions as it answers, it is clear that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) intends it as a back-door assault on women’s reproductive health care.


On the Road to Recovery: Reproductive Health Legislative, Regulatory and Political Highlights of 2008

In 2008, virtually all reproductive health debates and decisions in the legislative and policy arenas took place against the backdrop of one of the most unforgettable presidential campaigns in history – one in which voters could not have been presented with a starker choice between candidates on reproductive health policy. When the dust had settled, the country had elected a pro-choice, pro-prevention President with a strong track record of support for women’s reproductive health.


111th Congress: Work and Family Agenda

The 111th Congress Work and Family Agenda focuses on three areas: 1. Guaranteeing workers paid sick days for short-term, common illnesses; 2. Guaranteeing workers paid family and medical leave to care for longer-term, serious health conditions and to bond with new children; and 3. Correcting and expanding the FMLA to cover more workers.


A Medical Home is About You!

A “medical home” is a medical office or clinic where a team of health professionals work together to provide a new, expanded type of care to patients.


Understanding the Patient-Centered Medical Home

A “medical home” is a medical office or clinic where a team of health professionals work together to provide a new, expanded type of care to patients.


How Consumer Advocates Can Get Involved

To effectively advocate for a medical home that is truly patient centered, it is necessary to understand some of the changes that need to happen in the health care system.


Consumer Principles for Health IT

An interoperable system of electronic health information holds many potential benefits for consumers, including: better coordination of health care regardless of patient location, higher quality and more efficient care, increased system transparency, and patient access to information about providers that allows them to make better decisions. At the same time, such a system raises serious concerns among consumers about personal privacy, data security, and the potential misuse of their information.


Why Consumer Advocates Should Get Involved

The medical home model is gaining momentum nationwide as a way to improve the quality of care and reduce costs by offering more accessible, comprehensive, and coordinated primary care.


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