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Coalition Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in Opposition to H.R. 1406

Blue Button: Health Data at Your Fingertips

Blue Button is an easy, secure way to download your health data. Already, several federal agencies and many private organizations are using it. For consumers, gaining access to the health information necessary for our health and health care, and the tools to make that information useful, are key benefits of health information technology (health IT).

Accelerating Health Information Exchange and Interoperability

We know that patients and families want their providers to talk to each other and share health information. As EHRs and other forms of health IT become more commonplace, it is equally important that these systems are able to communicate with each other — otherwise known as interoperability. This comment letter offers consumer input on the question of how best to advance interoperability and health information exchange in the health care system.

North Carolina Justice Center & the Working Families Flexibility Act, H.R. 1406

I am writing to voice the North Carolina Justice Center’s concerns about the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406), which allows employers to offer comp time instead of time-and-a-half pay to hourly, non-supervisory workers who work over 40 hours per week.

Written Testimony of Judith L. Lichtman, National Partnership Senior Advisor, on H.R.1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act

Submitted to the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing on H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act

The Misnamed Working Families Flexibility Act: 9 Key Flaws and A Better Solution

The Working Families Flexibility Act, to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives the week of April 8, 2013 by Martha Roby (R-AL), claims to give working men and women in hourly jobs more time with their families by allowing them, through an agreement with their employer, to choose paid time off as compensation for working more than 40 hours in one week (“comp time”). This proposal is one of the centerpieces of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s “make life work” agenda.

Top Ten Consumer Benefits of Health Information Technology

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (e.g. “Meaningful Use”) is an essential catalyst for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care. Patients and families have already begun to experience early benefits, which will grow exponentially in coming years.

Women of Color Need a Paid Sick Days Standard

Every day, millions of workers in the United States are forced to jeopardize their wages and their jobs when they become sick or need to care for a sick child or loved one. For women – and particularly for women of color – the inability to earn paid sick days can have devastating consequences.

Alabama Women and the Wage Gap

FACT SHEET | Women in Alabama are paid 74 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $11,089 between men and women who work full time in the state.

Hearing: Health Information Technologies: How Innovation Benefits Patients

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee Statement for the Record, Christine Bechtel, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families, and Member, Health IT Policy Committee. March 20, 2013.

National Partnership VP Christine Bechtel Testimony on Meaningful Use for Energy & Commerce Subcommittee

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Pallone and distinguished committee members... I am honored to be asked to speak with you today about how the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (commonly known as “Meaningful Use”) is not only catalyzing a fundamental change in the health care system, but is serving as a springboard for innovation.

Facts: Pregnancy Discrimination

Three-quarters of women entering the workforce will be pregnant and employed at some point. Most pregnant women are in the workforce. Among women who had a child in 2011, 62 percent were in the labor force.

Facts: Women and the Wage Gap

The average woman working full time, year round in 2011 lost $10,000 in earnings due to the wage gap. This means that, over the course of her lifetime, this same worker will lose over $430,000 compared to a male worker

National Women's Health Organizations Coalition Letter to U.S. Senate and House Committees on Appropriations

As national organizations committed to women’s health, we are writing in response to ongoing efforts by opponents of women’s health to undermine the contraceptive coverage provision in the Affordable Care Act. As you work to craft a measure to fund the federal government past March 27 and through fiscal year 2013, we stand in opposition to any language that will weaken the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage provision in any continuing resolution or omnibus appropriations measure.

Sherfel v. Newson Issue Brief

Wisconsin workers should be able to exercise their rights to paid leave under the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act. But does the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act nullify a provision of Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act that permits workers to substitute employer-provided paid leave for unpaid leave?

Amicus Brief: Sherfel v. Gassman

Brief Amici Curiae of National Partnership for Women & Families, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Legal Momentum, National Women’s Law Center and Service Employees International Union in Support of Defendants-Appellants’ Argument for Reversal.

Guia para la Familiares y Medicas (FMLA): Preguntas y Respuestas

A principios de 1993, el Presidente Clinton firmó la Ley sobre Licencias por Razones Familiares y Médicas (Family and Medical Leave Act - FMLA), con la cual culminó casi una década de lucha por promulgar una legislación que permitiera a las personas ausentarse del trabajo para cuidar de sus familias o de sí mismas. Esta Guía explica únicamente cómo funciona la FMLA, una ley federal.

FMLA 20th Anniversary Coalition Flyer

February 5, 2013 is an important anniversary for our nation’s workers, marking 20 years since President Clinton signed the first new law of his Administration, the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA has been used more than 100 million times by workers all across the country to care for their new children, ailing loved ones, and their own serious health conditions.

FMLA 20th Anniversary: Key Messaging Points and Background

Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act – the first and only national law that enables workers to care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their jobs or their families’ economic security. This is a historic and celebratory moment that reminds all of us what can be accomplished when lawmakers come together to address the needs of our nation and its working families.

Updating the Family and Medical Leave Act

FACT SHEET | An assessment of the historic Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that includes an explanation of the law and reasons and opportunities for amending it.

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