National Partnership for Women & Families

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Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Affordability and Choice in the Insurance Marketplace

Between 2010 and 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) progressively implements an array of rules and protections to make the private health insurance system – including employer-sponsored plans – better meet the needs of women and families. In particular, the ACA will help rein in premium increases, improve the adequacy of benefit packages, and make coverage more reliable.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters For Women: Choosing a Health Plan 101

Many women have questions about health insurance, the new insurance marketplace, and how to choose the best health plan for themselves and their families. While every family will have unique health care needs, the following information can help women make the best choices.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Expanding Medicaid Family Planning Services

Publicly-funded family planning services provide essential health care that low-income women urgently need. For many women, the cost of contraceptive services is a significant barrier to accessing this important care.


Peggy Young and the Fight for Workplace Equality for Pregnant Workers

ISSUE BRIEF | The question before the U.S. Supreme Court in Young v. UPS is whether, and in what circumstances, an employer that accommodates non-pregnant employees must accommodate pregnant employees.


Paid Family and Medical Leave: Good for Business

FACT SHEET | Leading business owners and managers recognize that every worker will at some point need time off to attend to health or family issues.


Schedules That Work

FACT SHEET | Federal level scheduling standards would go a long way toward providing the predictability and financial stability workers need.


The Women's Health Protection Act: Protecting the Patient-Provider Relationship

FACT SHEET | Details on a bill that would return health care decision making to women and their health care providers.


Bad Medicine

States across the country are increasingly enacting laws mandating how health care providers must practice medicine, regardless of the provider’s professional judgment and the needs of his or her patients. As this report explains, these laws undermine the high quality, patient-centered care that health care providers and advocates strive to achieve. They are political infringement on the provision of health care – they are Bad Medicine.


Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents (2014)

REPORT | Expecting Better is a comprehensive analysis of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States.


Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Need Paid “Safe Days”

FACT SHEET | On the need for the country's workplace policies to provide domestic and sexual violence survivors the support and job protection they need to recover - through a paid sick and safe days standard.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Health Insurance 101

Women need the right tools and information to access affordable, quality care and make the best health care choices for their families and for themselves.


The Paycheck Fairness Act

FACT SHEET | Enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797, H.R. 1519) would be a critical step forward in the fight for fair pay for women.


New Cesarean Prevention Recommendations from Obstetric Leaders: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

To help pregnant women prepare to talk with their maternity care providers and make good care decisions, this guide summarizes the new recommendations.


Standing Up for Women & Families in 2014

In 2014, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.


Five Years of HITECH: Progress and Opportunities

Five years after the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, health information technology is beginning to improve the health care experiences of patients and families.


Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ | Answers to frequently asked questions about the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act).


The Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act)

FACT SHEET | A fact sheet on legislation that would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program: the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act).


The Case for a National Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

FACT SHEET | A fact sheet on the need for and benefits of a national paid family and medical leave insurance program.


El argumento para un programa nacional de seguro para ausencia familiar y médica (El FAMILY Act)

HOJA INFORMATIVA | Una hoja informativa acerca de la necesidad para un programa nacional de seguro para ausencia familiar y médica.


Healthy Families Act Coalition Letter to Congress

A 2013 letter urging members of Congress to establish a national paid sick days standard that would help working families meet their health and financial needs, while boosting business productivity and improving worker retention.


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