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Regional Extension Centers (June 2009)

The Consumer Partnership for e-Health is a coalition of consumer, patient and labor organizations working toward a patient-centered health care system, enabled by health information technology and sharing of knowledge. Effective, meaningful use of HIT is an essential element of achieving the fundamental shift from a delivery system that is centered on the needs of providers and payers, to one that emphasizes active consumer participation and meaningful partnerships between patients and providers to support health improvement – a patient-centered health care system.


Final HHS Regulation Backgrounder

The Obama Administration has initiated the process to rescind a harmful regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services – one of the infamous ‘midnight regulations’- that became effective on the last day of the Bush Administration. The HHS regulation threatens to dramatically undermine access to a broad range of health information and services by essentially allowing health care workers and institutions an unfettered ability to refuse to provide health care services, information, and referrals that offend their religious beliefs or moral convictions.


On the Road to Recovery: Reproductive Health Legislative, Regulatory and Political Highlights of 2008

In 2008, virtually all reproductive health debates and decisions in the legislative and policy arenas took place against the backdrop of one of the most unforgettable presidential campaigns in history – one in which voters could not have been presented with a starker choice between candidates on reproductive health policy. When the dust had settled, the country had elected a pro-choice, pro-prevention President with a strong track record of support for women’s reproductive health.


Proposed HHS Reg Backgrounder

On August 26, 2008, the Bush Administration proposed a politically-motivated regulatory change that would significantly expand the rights of individuals and institutions to refuse to provide or help provide health care services that offend their religious beliefs or moral convictions. While this poorly-drafted rule raises as many questions as it answers, it is clear that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) intends it as a back-door assault on women’s reproductive health care.


How Consumer Advocates Can Get Involved

To effectively advocate for a medical home that is truly patient centered, it is necessary to understand some of the changes that need to happen in the health care system.


Why Consumer Advocates Should Get Involved

The medical home model is gaining momentum nationwide as a way to improve the quality of care and reduce costs by offering more accessible, comprehensive, and coordinated primary care.


A Medical Home is About You!

A “medical home” is a medical office or clinic where a team of health professionals work together to provide a new, expanded type of care to patients.


Understanding the Patient-Centered Medical Home

A “medical home” is a medical office or clinic where a team of health professionals work together to provide a new, expanded type of care to patients.


Consumer Principles for Health IT

An interoperable system of electronic health information holds many potential benefits for consumers, including: better coordination of health care regardless of patient location, higher quality and more efficient care, increased system transparency, and patient access to information about providers that allows them to make better decisions. At the same time, such a system raises serious concerns among consumers about personal privacy, data security, and the potential misuse of their information.


Final HHS Regulation

Several provisions of federal law prohibit recipients of certain federal funds from coercing individuals in the health care field into participating in actions they find religiously or morally objectionable. These same provisions also prohibit discrimination on the basis of one’s objection to, participation in, or refusal to participate in, specific medical procedures, including abortion or sterilization.


Letter: Representative Crowley (D-NY) Urges President-Elect Obama to Restore Affordable Access to Birth Control

Congratulations on your historic election. Difficult times are ahead for our nation, but I stand ready to work with you to find common-sense solutions to revitalize our economy, create good-paying jobs, and make health care more affordable and accessible. That is why I hope we can continue working together to restore women's access to affordable birth control.


The November 2008 Election and Reproductive Health Issues

The November 4 election will usher in a decidedly more pro-choice and pro-family planning environment than any in recent memory. Buoyed by the election of a pro-choice President and by a significant influx of Members of Congress who are friendly to reproductive health issues, we have high hopes that the anti-reproductive rights legacy of the past eight years can start to be reversed and that issues that advance a pro-active reproductive health agenda will take their rightful place at the top of the presidential and legislative agendas.


Summary of State Medical Home Programs

The “Patient-Centered Medical Home” – a model of practice that emphasizes readily accessible, comprehensive, coordinated care – is rapidly gaining traction as a way to reform health care.


Comment letter submitted from Members of the U.S. House of Representative Members

We are writing to strongly object to a rule proposed on August 26, 2008 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will significantly undermine patients' access to vital health services and information. The ill-conceived and unnecessary proposed rule puts politics and ideology before quality health care. It would expand the ability of health care providers to withhold treatment, counseling, or medical information based on their religious or moral beliefs without regard for the needs of the patient.


Comments submitted by the National Partnership for Women & Families

The National Partnership for Women & Families (National Partnership) submits these comments in strong opposition to the proposed rule published on August 26, 2008 by the Department of Health and Human Services (hereinafter referenced as proposed rule or proposal). We believe the proposed rule is an ill-conceived, unnecessary, and counter-productive attempt to expand the reach of specific refusal statutes that permit institutions or individuals to deny health services for religious or moral reasons.


Comment letter submitted from Members of the U.S. Senate

We are writing to strongly object to a rule proposed on August 26, 2008 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will significantly undermine patients' access to vital health services and information. The ill-conceived and unnecessary proposed rule puts politics and ideology before quality health care. It would expand the ability of health care providers to withhold treatment, counseling, or medical information based on their religious or moral beliefs without regard for the needs of the patient.


Comment letter submitted from 13 State Attorneys General

The proposed regulation is vague, lacking in clear definition as to the health care procedures that may be withheld on moral or religious grounds. It completely obliterates the rights of patients to legal and medically necessary health care services in favor of a single-minded focus on protecting a health care provider's right to claim a personal moral or religious belief.


Comment letter submitted from Medical Groups

As physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals, we, the undersigned, urge the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind the “Proposed Rule Ensuring that Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law." If implemented, the proposed regulation would broaden the scope of existing federal refusal laws by allowing healthcare providers to withhold medical information based on their religious or moral beliefs.


Comment letter from the American Hospital Association

On behalf of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and our more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and our 38,000 individual members, we appreciate the opportunity to comment on the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) proposed rule on provider conscience protections.


Testimony in Support of OTC Status for Plan B

The National Partnership dedicates a tremendous amount of its resources toward ensuring quality health care for women and their families. Underlying our health care work is the fundamental tenet that quality health care is a human right and access to the full range of reproductive health services is an essential component of quality health care for women.


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