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Research Library: Health Care

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Making IT Meaningful: How Consumers Value and Trust Health IT

As the nation progresses with the hard work of reforming the health care delivery system, the widespread adoption of health information technology (health IT) has become a national priority. A broad range of health care providers is working to implement and effectively use electronic health record (EHR) systems, which are essential to the success of new models of care currently being tested as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (ACA).


Access Denied: How Refusal Clauses Hurt Women’s Health

Refusal laws allow doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to legally deny women access to health care services they need.


Standing Up for Women & Families in 2012

The National Partnership for Women & Families is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and improving the well-being of our nation’s families.


Coalition Letter Opposing FY12 Riders

We strongly urge you to support women’s reproductive health programs in the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) appropriations process and reject the proposed policy riders and funding cuts that would limit access to and information about critical women’s health services.


What Do Consumers Stand to Gain (or Lose) from Health IT?

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.


HIT Glossary and Acronym List

The following is a glossary of Health Information Technology (IT) acronyms and terms.


Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans (October 2011)

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.


Eligibility and Enrollment Standards (October 2011)

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.


Summary of benefits and coverage and the uniform glossary (October 2011)

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.


NPWF Comments on Interim Final Rule - Preventive Services

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.


Women’s Preventive Services (September 2011)

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).


Young Adult Dependent Coverage, Mini-Med Plans (May 2011)

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.


Privacy Survey Topline Results


Organizations Endorsing the Consumer and Patient Principles for Electronic Health Information Exchange in California

Many organizations are working to ensure that electronic health information exchange in California fully incorporates the consumer's and patient's needs and perspectives.


Requirements for Multi-State Plans (September 2011)

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.


MARCH for Military Women Act: Protecting the Health and Rights of Military Families

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).


CMS Rule on Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) (June 2011)

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.


Hearing: "Not What the Doctor Ordered: Barriers to Health IT for Small Medical Practices"

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan consumer organization with 40 years of experience working to make life better for women and families by promoting access to quality health care, fairness in the workplace, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. In my role as Vice President of the National Partnership, I also represent patients and families on the Health IT Policy Committee.


Statement for the Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology

Over the past several years, the National Partnership has led a diverse, non-partisan coalition of consumer, patient and labor organizations — the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH) — which works on behalf of patients and families to advance patient-centered, consumer-focused health IT.


Older Women Need ACA

Because women live longer, they make up more than half of the Medicare population and are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions. As both caregivers and patients, older women have borne the brunt of shortcomings in our health care system – high costs, poor quality, and fragmented, uncoordinated care.


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