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Eliminating Costly Caps on Coverage

Traditionally, many private health insurers limit liability for costly health care claims by setting annual or lifetime limits on the total amount of money they will pay in benefits per enrollee – leaving patients responsible for all costs after they hit the cap. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) eliminates these limits so women and families are confident that their health insurance will be there when they need it most.


State Family Leave Laws that are more comprehensive than the FMLA

The federal FMLA applies to employers with 50 or more employees. Because of this threshold requirement, 40% of private workers are not covered by the FMLA. Several states that have their own FMLAs have lowered their threshold to cover more workers.


Medicaid Block Grants/Caps Will Hurt Women and Families

Medicaid, the nation’s principal safety net health insurance program, provides critical health care for millions of lower income women, including many older women and women with disabilities.


End Congressional Interference with D.C. Residents’ Rights

The District of Columbia abortion ban flies in the face of home rule, usurps the prerogatives of the local D.C. government, and tramples the rights of D.C. residents.


Staying Healthy without Copays

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes it easier for women and families to stay healthy and avoid high health care bills down the road by requiring health insurers to cover preventive services without any cost-sharing (e.g. deductibles, copays, and co-insurance). This means that critical preventive services that women and families need to stay healthy will be more affordable. And down the road, it means that everyone will save money because the nation will be investing in preventing diseases and conditions, rather than treating them.


Health Care Equity for Women Serving in the Peace Corps

The National Partnership for Women & Families believes that no Peace Corps volunteer should have her life endangered because she cannot access a medical procedure that is safe and legal in the United States. We urge Congress to end the ban on abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers and trainees by passing Senator Frank R. Lautenberg’s Peace Corps Equity Act of 2013 (S. 813).


Reading Between the Lines: How H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, Discriminates Against Women of Color

H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), formerly known as the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, purports to address the critical issues of race and gender discrimination by banning abortion based on the race or sex of a fetus.


Medicaid Primer: Ensuring Basic Health Care for Millions of Women and Children

Medicaid provides critical health care for millions of lower income women and children who otherwise would be uninsured. At all ages, women and girls make up the majority of enrollees in Medicaid.


Response to DOL Proposed Rule on Application of Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service, 3/21/2012

On behalf of the National Partnership for Women & Families and the undersigned organizations, we thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s request for comments on the proposed rule that would extend the critical wage and hour protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to millions of home care workers. This rule will significantly enhance the economic security and job quality of these workers who have been, up until now, excluded from these most basic labor standards.


Amicus Brief for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals: Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

Appellant Peggy Young, a driver for United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) delivering packages sent by air, asked her employer for a “light duty” assignment after her doctor recommended that she not lift more than twenty pounds while pregnant.


Steps for Engaging Consumers

Ensuring substantive and meaningful consumer participation in a health IT initiative can help facilitate adoption of patient-centered innovations, and ultimately, speed and enhance the adoption of health IT in a community.


Get the Facts: Health Benefits of Using Contraception to Plan, Avoid or Space Pregnancy

Birth control is an integral component of primary and preventive health care for most women and is vitally important to the health of both mothers and babies.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Coverage of Women’s Preventive Services, Including Contraception

For generations, women have faced discrimination in health care. A number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aim to address this long-standing problem.


Steps for Achieving Meaningful Consumer Engagement in Health IT Initiatives

Ensuring substantive and meaningful consumer participation in a health IT initiative can help facilitate adoption of patient-centered innovations, and ultimately, speed and enhance the adoption of health IT in a community.


Defend Women’s Access to Essential Health Care

Congress should increase or retain funding for Reproductive Health Programs, so that millions of Americans do not lose their source of primary and preventive health care services. The Title X federal family planning program and Medicaid are the primary federal sources for public reproductive health funding. In the last year, many states have taken steps to reduce or eliminate their family planning programs, making federal funding even more important.


NEW: Survey Results and Meaningful Use Strategy Presentation

The effective implementation and use of health IT is absolutely essential for improving the quality and safety of health care.


Making IT Meaningful: Audio press briefing presentation slides


Making IT Meaningful: Audio Press Briefing


U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission Meeting on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination: Testimony of Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor, 2/15/2012

My name is Judith Lichtman, and I am Senior Advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to speak to you today about the persistent problem of workplace discrimination against pregnant women and caregivers.


Making IT Meaningful: How Consumers Value and Trust Health IT

As the nation progresses with the hard work of reforming the health care delivery system, the widespread adoption of health information technology (health IT) has become a national priority. A broad range of health care providers is working to implement and effectively use electronic health record (EHR) systems, which are essential to the success of new models of care currently being tested as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (ACA).


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