National Partnership for Women & Families

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Defunding Planned Parenthood: An Attack on Public Health

This fact sheet makes the case for protecting Planned Parenthood's role as a critical health care provider.

Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women's Health Care (Texas Edition)

Texas has led the country in the proliferation of "bad medicine" laws that mandate how health care providers must practice medicine, regardless of the provider's professional judgment, ethical obligations or the needs of his or her patients.

Paid Family Leave Policies for Municipal Employees

CHART | A non-exhaustive chart of paid family/parental leave policies that apply to municipal employees.

Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act Section-by-Section

State Paid Family Leave Laws

CHART | A detailed summary of existing family leave laws in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington, New York and D.C.

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 Child Development Case for a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

FACT SHEET | In the first months and years of life, babies discover the world through experiences with their parents and other caregivers.

Latinos and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days

FACT SHEET | Fourteen million Latino workers in the United States are unable to earn a single paid sick day, forcing them to choose between their health or the health of their families and their economic security when they get sick or need to care for a sick loved one.

African Americans and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days

FACT SHEET | Everyone gets sick, and everyone needs time to recover. Yet more than 7.3 million black workers – nearly 40 percent of black workers – in the United States cannot earn a single paid sick day.

Latino Workers and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days

FACT SHEET | Fourteen million Latino workers in the United States are unable to earn a single paid sick day, forcing them to choose between their health or the health of their families and their economic security when they get sick or need to care for a sick loved one.

2016 Annual Report

Thanks to your steadfast support, together this past year we’ve been successful fighting for the issues that matter most to women and families. From passing paid sick days laws in jurisdictions across the country, to contributing to the historic Supreme Court victory that reaffirmed a woman’s fundamental right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health, to elevating the issue of paid family and medical leave into the presidential campaigns on both sides of the aisle, to helping prohibit gender, race and age discrimination in health care access and coverage, you have made it possible for the National Partnership to fight for a more fair, family friendly and healthy country.

Family Caregivers Need Paid Sick Days

FACT SHEET | Many family caregivers are struggling to manage both their caregiving responsibilities and the jobs they need to support their families because they lack access to basic workplace supports.

Letter to U.S. Senate HELP Committee Opposing the Nomination of Andrew Puzder for U.S. Secretary of Labor

Letter from National Partnership President Debra L. Ness to U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Alexander and Ranking Member Murray expressing strong opposition of the nomination of Andrew Puzder as U.S. Secretary of Labor

Paid Sick Days: Low Cost, High Reward for Workers, Families and Communities

FACT SHEET | A growing body of evidence assessing existing laws shows that paid sick days make business and economic sense.

CPeH 2016 Activities and Accomplishments

Health information technology (health IT) can enable the access, engagement and partnership that individuals and families need for better care coordination and better health. In 2016, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) successfully integrated person-centered health IT into new national initiatives designed to transform the way care is delivered and shift the emphasis from quantity of health services to quality and value.

Repealing the ACA Endangers Women’s Health and Financial Security

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Attempts to repeal the ACA not only put women’s access to health care in dire jeopardy, but threaten their economic security as well. Repealing the ACA risks going back to a time when women struggled to find affordable health coverage in the individual market, were routinely charged more than men for health insurance and often found that health coverage did not cover their essential health care needs.

National Partnership Comments on MACRA Final Rule (December 2016)

Read the National Partnership's comments on the final MACRA rule, submitted in December 2016.

Childbirth Connection: Labor pain tables

There are many drug and drug-free ways to help you cope with labor pain. The benefits of some methods are better understood than others. Many women want to know about the effectiveness and downsides of specific methods of pain relief; researchers have given more attention to effectiveness and less to possible downsides.

Key Findings: 2016 Election Eve/Election Night Survey

A summary of the results of a survey of 2016 general election voters conducted for the National Partnership by Lake Research Partners and the Tarrance Group showing strong support for family friendly workplace polices and the candidates who champion them.

Election Analysis Suggests Voters Reward Candidates Who Advocate for Family Friendly Workplace Policies

MEMO | A comprehensive analysis of the websites of all declared 2016 general election candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor to quantify the extent to which candidates mentioned paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, fair or equal pay, and fairness for pregnant workers – and to assess whether candidates who did so were more likely to win.

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