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Paid Sick Days Lead to Cost Savings for All

FACT SHEET | A fact sheet on how paid sick days lead to reduced government spending, savings for employers, economic security for families and a stronger economy.


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.


An Empty Promise: The Working Families Flexibility Act Would Give Workers Less Flexibility and Less Pay

Despite its name, the Cantor/Roby Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 sets up a dangerous false choice between time and money, when working families really need both. The bill does not promote family friendly or flexible workplaces. Instead, it would erode hourly workers’ ability to make ends meet, plan for family time and have predictability, stability and true flexibility at work.


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.


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.


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.


The Family and Medical Leave Act at 20: 100 Million Reasons to Celebrate and Move Forward

2013 is the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – the first and only national law that enables workers to care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their jobs or economic security. This historic law has had a tremendous impact on America’s families, and it serves as a reminder of what can be accomplished when lawmakers work together to address the nation’s needs. Now, 20 years later, it is time to advance the FMLA’s promise of a family friendly America.


Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan for Public Comment

Dear Dr. Mostashari: Thank you for your leadership in developing the Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, which makes several important recommendations to promote the use of health IT to make care safer, as well as continuously improve the safety of health IT itself. We firmly believe that electronic health records and other forms of health IT must be safe, and agree that this issue is most effectively viewed in the broader context of patient safety, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its 2011 report Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.


A Look at the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2012 Family and Medical Leave Act Employee and Worksite Surveys

A Look at the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2012 Family and Medical Leave Act Employee and Worksite Surveys


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Employers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Employers, health care providers and policymakers are pursuing improvements in health care services and delivery while seeking to reduce health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system innovations and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


Using Health Care Well: Strategy Memo for Advocates

Connecting Workplace Leave Policies to National Health Care Transformation The National Partnership for Women & Families conducted a series of interviews with stakeholders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to understand whether emerging trends in United States health care policies provided new openings for advancing workplace leave policies. This research was designed to investigate opportunities to tie workers' access to workplace leave for their own health needs and the health needs of their loved ones (earned paid sick days and paid family and medical leave) to government, provider and employer efforts to improve health care utilization and delivery systems, promote prevention and wellness, improve caregiver engagement and reduce health care spending.


Banning Coverage of Abortion in Multi-State Insurance Plans: Moving in the Wrong Direction

The “Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-State Exchange Plans Act” or “SAFE Act” (H.R. 346), and the Senate version of this badly misnamed legislation, the “Preventing the Offering of Elective Coverage of Taxpayer-Funded-Abortion Act of 2013” or “PROTECT Act” (S. 154), would prohibit private insurance coverage of abortion in federally administered multi-state plans established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). These bills, introduced by Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), are part of a nationwide effort to limit women’s access to abortion by banning insurance coverage for it.


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Health Care Providers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Health care providers and systems, policymakers and purchasers are working to promote the effective and efficient use of health care services, improve quality, and reduce overall health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system reforms and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


Standing Up for Women & Families in 2013: A Legislative Agenda

In 2013, we urge you to stand up for women and families by supporting: Quality, Affordable Health Care; Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care, Including Contraception, Abortion and Maternity Care; Paid Sick Days, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Expanded Access to the Family and Medical Leave Act; A Secure Safety Net that Preserves Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Benefits; Equal Pay for Women and an End to Employment Discrimination of All Kinds; A Fair and Diverse Judiciary


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Policymakers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Policymakers, health care systems and providers, and employers are working to promote the effective and efficient use of health care services and reduce overall health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system reforms and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


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