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We greatly appreciate this opportunity to comment on the Stage 2 Meaningful Use proposed rule. From the consumer perspective, health IT can be a critical enabler of safer, more effective and more reliable care, as well as greater consumer engagement in health – and, ultimately, more positive patient experiences and better health outcomes. The proposed rule specifying criteria for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program makes significant advancements in the potential impact of the EHR Incentive program on individual and population-level health and health outcomes.
When a woman purchases a health insurance plan, she expects it will be there for her when she or a family member gets sick or injured. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case due to a troubling insurance industry practice known as rescission – retroactively canceling coverage, usually when an enrollee incurs high health care costs.
Individual consumers are the ultimate payers of all health care - and health coverage - costs. Even workers in large businesses, whose employer contributes 100% of the insurance premium for the employee, understand that their wages are reduced to reflect the cost of health coverage offered through their employer.
Older women rely on Medicare every day for affordable, quality health care. More than half of the 48.7 million Medicare beneficiaries are women.
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.
This document provides accounts of pregnant workers who were denied minor adjustments to their job duties that they needed to continue safely working throughout pregnancy. It also explains the painful health and economic consequences to these workers and their families.
Current law disregards military women and their service to our country. About 200,000 women are currently on active duty in the four branches of the military. Since 1979, the annual Department of Defense Appropriations bills have included a provision that prohibits coverage of abortion care for military personnel and their dependents in almost all cases.
Older women rely on Medicare every day for affordable, quality health care. More than half of the 48.7 million Medicare beneficiaries are women. Women also constitute 70 percent of the oldest Medicare beneficiaries – those 85 years or older.
Seven years ago, in 2005, the National Partnership for Women & Families published the first edition of Expecting Better, a comprehensive review of federal and state laws that help new and expecting parents take leave when a child arrives. Today, in this second edition of that report, there are signs of progress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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