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Health insurance is critical to making health care services accessible to women and families, yet the cost of coverage can put it out of reach for many, especially those who do not receive insurance from their employers.
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.
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.
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.
Today more than ever, there is greater recognition within health care organizations that patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) is an effective strategy for achieving the Triple Aim.
For the last few decades, most federal funding for sex education has been dedicated to abstinence-only until marriage education. Abstinence-only education has not been shown to reduce teen sexual activity, pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
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.
Between 2010 and 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) progressively implements an array of rules and protections to make the private health insurance system – including employer-sponsored plans – better meet the needs of women and families. In particular, the ACA will help rein in premium increases, improve the adequacy of benefit packages, and make coverage more reliable.
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.
Many women have questions about health insurance, the new insurance marketplace, and how to choose the best health plan for themselves and their families. While every family will have unique health care needs, the following information can help women make the best choices.
Publicly-funded family planning services provide essential health care that low-income women urgently need. For many women, the cost of contraceptive services is a significant barrier to accessing this important care.
In 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, approximately 19 million women – one in five women ages 19 to 64 – were uninsured. By 2014, the ACA will provide nearly all of these women with access to comprehensive health coverage by expanding Medicaid eligibility, making private plans more affordable, and eliminating discriminatory practices that have long kept women and small businesses out of the private market.
Taking a patient- and family-centered approach to care has consistently been shown to improve the quality, safety and experience of care.
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.
Consumer Partnership for eHealth comment letter on ONC's proposed rule for the 2015 Edition Certification of EHRs
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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