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The Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care Act is an historic opportunity to extend much needed health care coverage to millions of lower income Americans. Traditionally, Medicaid coverage has been limited to only to certain segments of the low-income adult population – parents whose dependent children live with them, disabled individuals, and pregnant women (but only for the duration of their pregnancy and 60 days afterward).
FACT SHEET | A look at what the wage gap means for Latinas, especially in the 20 states with the largest populations of employed Latina women.
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.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and improving the well-being of our nation’s families. For more than 40 years, we have worked to promote fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.
Emergency contraception (EC), also known as the morning after pill, prevents pregnancy for up to 120 hours after unprotected sex, sexual violence or contraceptive failure such as a missed birth control pill or broken condom. EC is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy and should be available to all women.
FACT SHEET | The connection between the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
When campaigns end, the hard work of implementing policy begins. At a time when millions of families are facing economic distress, wage and pregnancy discrimination continue, workers are struggling without family friendly policies, women’s access to reproductive health is at risk, and health reform implementation remains under attack, achieving meaningful policy changes that improve life for women and families must be a top priority.
How important is it to you that Congress and the President consider new laws to help keep working families economically secure, including ensuring workers the right to earn paid sick days and creating a system of family and medical leave insurance - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
Research clearly shows that there is no connection between credit information and job performance or turnover, yet employers across the country run credit checks as part of their hiring processes. This creates unnecessary and harmful obstacles for women seeking gainful employment to support their families, pay their bills and pull themselves out of debt.
A Bill to Be Entitled “Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act”
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.
Ballot initiatives can be powerful policy-making tools that raise community-specific issues and allow citizens to take democracy into their own hands. In recent years, however, they have also been a means to push an extreme agenda that would undermine women’s health and reproductive rights.
On Writ of Certiorari To the United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit ________ BRIEF OF NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR WOMEN & FAMILIES, ET AL., AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
On behalf of the National Partnership for Women & Families, the National Military Family Association and the undersigned organizations, we thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relating to legislative expansions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Dear Representative Nadler: On behalf of the Coalition for Quality Maternity Care (CQMC), a coalition of national professional, consumer, and human rights organizations that promote high quality maternity care for all women and newborns, we write to thank you for your efforts to address pregnancy discrimination and promote healthy pregnancies by championing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R.5647). The CQMC is proud to endorse this legislation that would promote the health and economic security of pregnant women, their babies, and their families.
The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate on women's economic issues. Our members - both business owners and careerists - respect the needs of women to support themselves and their families. Today, more than ever, it is important that women workers have work environments where they can remain productive and earning income for their families.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans are required to report on the percentage of premium dollars spent on clinical services and activities that improve health care quality (commonly referred to as the “Medical Loss Ratio”). Plans that do not meet a particular threshold (85% for plans in the large group market and 80% for plans in the individual and small group markets) must provide rebates to enrollees.
Nearly one in two people in the United States have a chronic medical condition that requires regular care1 - and chronic conditions are becoming more prevalent. At the same time, more than 40 million U.S. workers don't have access to paid sick days to recover from illness, care for a sick family member, or manage chronic illnesses.
Businesses benefit when their employees have access to paid sick days. When sick workers are able to stay home, the spread of disease slows and workplaces are both healthier and more productive. Plus, workers recover faster from illness and obtain timely medical care - enabling them to get back to work sooner and holding down health care costs.
Despite existing protections against discrimination, pregnant workers in this country still face discrimination every day. Pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families.
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