National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Health Care

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Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Health Insurance 101

Women need the right tools and information to access affordable, quality care and make the best health care choices for their families and for themselves.


Standing Up for Women & Families in 2014

In 2014, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.


Five Years of HITECH: Progress and Opportunities

Five years after the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, health information technology is beginning to improve the health care experiences of patients and families.


Consumer Principles for Health and Care Planning in an Electronic Environment

Consumers envision the next generation of care plans as a multidimensional, person-centered planning process built on a dynamic, electronic platform. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth developed a set of Consumer Principles to guide policy efforts to build the functionality to support health and care planning into health IT.


Frequently Asked Questions: Health Insurance Coverage for Lower- and Moderate-Income Pregnant Women

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the Medicaid program, making millions more Americans eligible for coverage. Additionally, in 2014 it will offer premium and cost-sharing assistance to eligible individuals who purchase private insurance in state marketplaces.


Leveraging Meaningful Use to Reduce Health Disparities: An Action Plan

Health information technology offers great promise in addressing and reducing health disparities, yet there has been little actual progress on this critical issue. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth has created an evidence-based action plan for leveraging the EHR Incentive Program to reduce health disparities and make a positive life-altering impact for the nation’s underserved and vulnerable populations


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Health Insurance Coverage for Lower- and Moderate-Income Pregnant Women

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many women of childbearing age will gain access to affordable health insurance for the first time.


Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act

The Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act (S. 425/H.R. 896), introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D – Mich.) and Chuck Grassley (R – Iowa), and Congressman Eliot Engel (D – N.Y.), would improve the quality of maternity care for mothers and babies by ensuring that maternity care providers have the needed tools to guarantee that women have access to services that optimize outcomes for both mothers and newborns.


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Meeting on Employer Wellness Programs: Testimony of Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor, 5/8/2013

Chair Berrien and Commissioners, my name is Judith Lichtman, and I am Senior Advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families. We are pleased that the Commission has convened this public meeting and appreciate the opportunity to offer recommendations to promote nondiscrimination in employer wellness programs.


Top Ten Consumer Benefits of Health Information Technology

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (e.g. “Meaningful Use”) is an essential catalyst for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care. Patients and families have already begun to experience early benefits, which will grow exponentially in coming years.


National Partnership VP Christine Bechtel Testimony on Meaningful Use for Energy & Commerce Subcommittee

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Pallone and distinguished committee members... I am honored to be asked to speak with you today about how the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (commonly known as “Meaningful Use”) is not only catalyzing a fundamental change in the health care system, but is serving as a springboard for innovation.


Hearing: Health Information Technologies: How Innovation Benefits Patients

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee Statement for the Record, Christine Bechtel, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families, and Member, Health IT Policy Committee. March 20, 2013.


Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan for Public Comment

Dear Dr. Mostashari: Thank you for your leadership in developing the Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, which makes several important recommendations to promote the use of health IT to make care safer, as well as continuously improve the safety of health IT itself. We firmly believe that electronic health records and other forms of health IT must be safe, and agree that this issue is most effectively viewed in the broader context of patient safety, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its 2011 report Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.


Using Health Care Well: Strategy Memo for Advocates

Connecting Workplace Leave Policies to National Health Care Transformation The National Partnership for Women & Families conducted a series of interviews with stakeholders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to understand whether emerging trends in United States health care policies provided new openings for advancing workplace leave policies. This research was designed to investigate opportunities to tie workers' access to workplace leave for their own health needs and the health needs of their loved ones (earned paid sick days and paid family and medical leave) to government, provider and employer efforts to improve health care utilization and delivery systems, promote prevention and wellness, improve caregiver engagement and reduce health care spending.


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Policymakers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Policymakers, health care systems and providers, and employers are working to promote the effective and efficient use of health care services and reduce overall health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system reforms and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Health Care Providers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Health care providers and systems, policymakers and purchasers are working to promote the effective and efficient use of health care services, improve quality, and reduce overall health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system reforms and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


Using Health Care Well: Briefing Paper for Employers

How Workplace Leave Policies Support National Health Care Transformation Employers, health care providers and policymakers are pursuing improvements in health care services and delivery while seeking to reduce health care costs. Reimagining and reshaping health care through delivery system innovations and quality improvements are key components of health care transformation.


Consumer Partnership for eHealth Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use EHR Program

CPeH appreciates the opportunity to provide input on Stage 3 advancements in the definition of meaningful use of health IT. In Stages 1 and 2, the Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program created foundational capabilities for delivering care differently and supporting payment models that incentivize the kind of health care individuals need and deserve. In Stage 3, we need to begin movement beyond the medical model to a more comprehensive, person- and family-centered model for supporting health and wellness.


Proposed Criteria for Stage 3 Meaningful Use (January 2013)

CPeH appreciates the opportunity to provide input on Stage 3 advancements in the definition of meaningful use of health IT.


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.


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