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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.
In the decade before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, the cost of health insurance rose at an alarming rate. Even as wages stagnated and inflation remained low, health insurance premiums skyrocketed: in 2009, the average American could expect to pay more than twice as much for health coverage as she did 10 years earlier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Telemedicine is the delivery of any health care service or the transmission of health information using telecommunications technology. It includes videoconferencing, transmission of still images, patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, and more.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. It’s already improving the lives of millions of women and families, and will get even better with time.
Before passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance companies were free to spend large portions of consumer premiums on administrative costs and profits – rather than on health care. Thanks to the ACA, women are now getting more insurance coverage for their dollar as new rules require insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on patients.
The National Partnership for Women & Families wants to again commend the Administration for the extraordinary effort that has gone into implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to date. We have long advocated for reforms that ensure access to comprehensive, affordable health care for all women and their families, with an emphasis on the needs of lower-income women.
We strongly urge you to support women’s reproductive health programs in the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) appropriations process and to reject any policy riders and funding cuts that would limit access to critical women’s health services.
The following amici submit this brief, with the consent of the parties, in support of Plaintiff-Appellant’s argument that an employee triggers the entitlement to job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by notifying the employer of the need for time off to care for a family member with a serious medical condition.
The accountable care organization began life as a catchphrase signifying a shift in the relationship between a hospital and its doctors. By forming an ACO, a hospital and medical staff shared clinical and financial responsibility for coordinating care to improve quality and lower costs.
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.
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.
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