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CLIA Program and HIPAA Privacy Rule; Patients’ Access to Test Reports
There has never been a greater need for consumers and consumer advocates to become involved in making sure that health IT actually meets their specific needs, such as providing easier access to and communication with their care team members, more coordinated care, and better access to the information they need to be more engaged in their own health. Advancing health IT adoption has become a major focus of the federal government and state and local governments across the nation.
The following is a glossary of Health Information Technology (IT) acronyms and terms.
Under the ACA, millions of individuals and families will finally be able to access affordable health coverage through insurance affordability programs, including premium tax credits, cost-sharing reductions, Medicaid, CHIP, and State-established Basic Health Programs.
The Affordable Care Act calls on states to create new one-stop insurance markets, known as health insurance Exchanges, where consumers can search through insurance coverage options and determine whether they are eligible for insurance affordability programs like subsidies. These Exchanges have the potential to offer women new opportunities to better assess coverage options in terms of costs, quality, network adequacy, comprehensiveness of benefits, reliability and responsiveness to enrollee needs.
The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) and a uniform glossary to help consumers make informed decisions about their health insurance coverage.
The National Partnership for Women & Families wants to commend the Obama Administration for the extraordinary effort that has gone into implementing the Patient Protection and 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 low-income women.
One of the earliest successes of the Affordable Care Act is the large number of young adults who now have health insurance coverage from their parent’s health plan. Despite this success, the regulations were unclear as to whether an employer offering very low-quality benefits or "mini-meds" to young adults could disqualify their coverage on a parent’s plan.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would adopt the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations to include eight categories of preventive services, including all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, as part of the Women’s Health Amendment (WHA) in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Many organizations are working to ensure that electronic health information exchange in California fully incorporates the consumer's and patient's needs and perspectives.
The National Partnership and other consumer, patient and labor organizations recommended that multi-state plans, overseen by the Office of Personnel Management, comply with all federal and state regulations, including all requirements to serve as a Qualified Health Plan in states’ exchanges.
On July 5th, 2011, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law giving many workers the right to earn paid sick days.
Paid Sick Time and the New School Year: Ideas for Public Education and Organizing Actions
In June of 2011, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health (MARCH) for Military Women Act in the Senate (S. 1214) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced it in the House (H.R. 2085).
Workers without paid sick days face an impossible choice when illness strikes. Either they go to work sick (or send a sick child to school or daycare) — or they stay home, lose pay, and risk job loss or workplace discipline.
Paid sick days victories in Philadelphia and Connecticut confirms recent polling results: there is deep and unwavering geographic and key demographic group support for legislation that guarantees all citizens the opportunity to earn paid sick days from their employers
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are a potentially innovative health care delivery model that could provide an opportunity to improve the quality of our healthcare system by delivering coordinated, patient- and family-centered care.
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