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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.

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.

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.

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.

A Legal Guide for Pregnant Teens in Florida

This book is for girls and young women living in Florida who are under 18 and are pregnant or have a child.

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.

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.

Final HHS Regulation

Several provisions of federal law prohibit recipients of certain federal funds from coercing individuals in the health care field into participating in actions they find religiously or morally objectionable. These same provisions also prohibit discrimination on the basis of one’s objection to, participation in, or refusal to participate in, specific medical procedures, including abortion or sterilization.

Letter: Representative Crowley (D-NY) Urges President-Elect Obama to Restore Affordable Access to Birth Control

Congratulations on your historic election. Difficult times are ahead for our nation, but I stand ready to work with you to find common-sense solutions to revitalize our economy, create good-paying jobs, and make health care more affordable and accessible. That is why I hope we can continue working together to restore women's access to affordable birth control.

The November 2008 Election and Reproductive Health Issues

The November 4 election will usher in a decidedly more pro-choice and pro-family planning environment than any in recent memory. Buoyed by the election of a pro-choice President and by a significant influx of Members of Congress who are friendly to reproductive health issues, we have high hopes that the anti-reproductive rights legacy of the past eight years can start to be reversed and that issues that advance a pro-active reproductive health agenda will take their rightful place at the top of the presidential and legislative agendas.

Summary of State Medical Home Programs

The “Patient-Centered Medical Home” – a model of practice that emphasizes readily accessible, comprehensive, coordinated care – is rapidly gaining traction as a way to reform health care.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Where We Stand 30 Years Later

Pregnancy discrimination complaints are on the rise – and have been for a very long time...

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