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Research Library: Health Care

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Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Access to Essential Community Providers

Today, many uninsured or underinsured Americans receive their care from publicly funded clinics and health providers across the country known as essential community providers (ECPs). Many of these providers do not require insurance or any payment.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters For Women: Maintaining Your Health Coverage

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), quality health insurance is now more accessible to women and families. More than eight million Americans have signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces since October 2013.


Comments on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Part B (Sept. 2015)

The National Partnership for Women & Families offers comments on the proposed rule on Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2016 (CMS-1631-P).


Comments on Medicare Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (Sept. 2015)

The National Partnership for Women & Families offered comments on the proposed rule for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model for Acute Care Hospitals Furnishing Lower Extremity Joint Replacement Services (CMS-5516-P).


Health Information Technology: The Foundation for Health Reform

Health information technology (health IT) is a foundational component of a more patient-centered, effective and efficient health care system where women and their health care providers have access to the information they need anytime, anywhere.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: The Requirement to Have Health Insurance

In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will make it easier for millions of women to find and enroll in a more affordable health plan that best meets their needs and the needs of their families.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Improving Care for Pregnant Women and New Parents

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to improve conditions for pregnant women and new parents by providing the services they need to have healthy pregnancies and provide their children with a good start in life.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Improving Health Coverage for Lower-Income Women

The high cost of health care places a particular burden on lower-income women who need health services but often struggle to pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The problem has been exacerbated because many insurers charge women higher rates simply because of their gender, thereby putting health coverage out of reach—especially for many lower-income women.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Summary of Key Provisions

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Improving health care has long been a priority for women, reflecting their experiences as patients, mothers, and caregivers.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Health Insurance Marketplaces

Starting in 2014, most people will be required to have health insurance, either through employer-provided insurance, a federal program like Medicare or Medicaid, or individually purchased coverage.


Comments on Medicaid/CHIP Managed Care Proposed Rule (July 2015)

The National Partnership for Women & Families appreciates the opportunity to offer comments on the proposed rule on Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs; Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP Delivered in Managed Care, Medicaid and CHIP Comprehensive Quality Strategies, and Revisions Related to Third Party Liability.


Comments on HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017 (December 2015)

The National Partnership for Women & Families (National Partnership) represents women across the country who are counting on successful continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Lessons From the Frontline: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Roughly 16.4 million people have gained health coverage in the five years since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and more than 11 million signed up for marketplace plans during the second open enrollment period alone.


National Partnership Comments on Wellness Regulations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

A letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from the National Partnership urging the EEOC to maintain strong civil rights protections for all workers with respect to workplace wellness programs.


Joint CPeH-CP Alliance Letter to CMS on Stage 2 Amendments

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH), the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance (C-P Alliance), and the undersigned 50 organizations submit these formal comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services's (CMS) proposed reversal of key patient-engagement critejavascript:void(0);ria in meaningful use for 2015 to 2017.


Letter Forwarding Public Comments Opposing Stage 2 Modification NPRM Patient Engagement Provisions

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a significant retreat in key patient-engagement provisions of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program on April 10, the National Partnership for Women & Families informed people across the United States of the proposed amendments. Over 5,000 people, from every state and territory, sent letters urging CMS not to reverse these requirements.


Whole Woman's Health v. Cole (Hellerstedt) Amicus Brief (January 2016)

Brief of experts in health policy as amici curiae in support of petitioners (No. 15-274).


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters For Women: Preparing for Tax Time

To ensure that health plans in the marketplace remain affordable and accessible, the ACA offers financial assistance in the form of premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to individuals purchasing coverage. The law also requires most individuals – with some exceptions – to enroll in minimum essential coverage (MEC) or pay a tax penalty.


CPeH Comments on Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth's (CPeH) Comments on the draft Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap delivered to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The Affordable Care Act: Five Years of Progress

The fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation – is March 23, 2015. Five years after the law was enacted, the ACA has already helped millions of women and families and it is poised to help millions more.


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