National Partnership for Women & Families

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Health IT in the Affordable Care Act

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.


Support Equal Access to Abortion for Military Women

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.


Why We Need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Stories of Real Women

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.


Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents (2012)

Across the political spectrum, more of our nation’s leaders acknowledge that 21st century families face significant challenges in meeting their responsibilities at home and on the job.


Eliminating Costly Caps on Coverage

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.


Prohibiting Rescissions

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.


Medicare: Providing Critical Support for America’s Older Women

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.


Medicare: Providing Critical Support for America's Older Women

Older women rely on Medicare every day for affordable, quality health care. More than half of the 48.7 million Medicare beneficiaries are women.


Paid Family and Medical Leave: An Overview

Nearly all workers need to take time away from work at some point to deal with a serious personal or family illness or to care for a new child. Laws providing paid family and medical leave allow workers to meet these needs without jeopardizing their economic security.


Older Adults and Caregivers Need Paid Leave

Paid family and medical leave (“paid leave”) allows older workers to address their own health needs without having to drop out of the labor force.


Medicaid Block Grants/Caps Will Hurt Women and Families

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.


Reading Between the Lines: How H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, Discriminates Against Women of Color

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.


Medicaid Primer: Ensuring Basic Health Care for Millions of Women and Children

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.


End Congressional Interference with D.C. Residents’ Rights

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.


Staying Healthy without Copays

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.


Health Care Equity for Women Serving in the Peace Corps

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).


Response to DOL Proposed Rule on Application of Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service, 3/21/2012

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.


Amicus Brief for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals: Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

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.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Coverage of Women’s Preventive Services, Including Contraception

For generations, women have faced discrimination in health care. A number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aim to address this long-standing problem.


Get the Facts: Health Benefits of Using Contraception to Plan, Avoid or Space Pregnancy

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.


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