From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness
23 years. During that time, you can raise and put a child through college. Transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease. Move the country from “don’t ask, don’t tell” to marriage equality for all.
From the desk of ... Megan O'Boyle, GetMyHealthData Tracer, Health IT
Megan is the mother of a child with a rare genetic syndrome. Here, she shares her story of overcoming many obstacles – from high fees to puzzling policies and procedures – to get copies of her daughter’s medical records so she can better coordinate her care.
We continue our Tracer Series this week by sharing common roadblocks Tracers have faced when they tried to get and use their health data.
Advocates and small business owners in Minneapolis are making the case for paid sick days. A new report released last week by the Main Street Alliance of Minnesota with the support of the National Partnership for Women & Families summarizes the growing body of evidence that shows paid sick days policies benefit businesses.
This week, we’re kicking off our series of Tracer stories by sharing stories from two patients who requested their health data and reported back to us about their experiences.
2016 is off to a good start for many workers who used to lack access to paid sick days. On January 1, Oregon’s statewide paid sick days bill took effect. On January 6, a paid sick days law in New Brunswick, New Jersey, took effect. And today, Spokane, Wash., passed a paid sick days ordinance.
2016. This is it: the year I get my cholesterol under control. It’s not an easy New Year’s resolution, but it’s one I’m confident I can keep track of, in part because I have 24/7 access to my health records.
From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo
Two years after the FAMILY Act was first introduced, paid leave is on the horizon in the United States.
Exactly one week ago, the D.C. City Council held its first hearing on the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, a proposal that would create a much-needed paid family and medical leave insurance program that would make paid leave accessible to virtually every worker in the District.
From the desk of ... David S. Cohen, Repro Health Watch
In an ideal world, abortion providers would lead lives just like any other medical professional. However, in the highly charged environment we live in, abortion providers’ lives are different.
Why do we, as a nation, make it so difficult for our children to thrive? How can we do better? These are the important questions asked in a powerful new film.
From the desk of ...
It's been an exciting week for paid sick days! Yesterday, Elizabeth, New Jersey, became the 10th city in the state to pass a paid sick days law. And last week, the Jersey City Council voted to expand the city’s paid sick days law. This is tremendous progress, but hundreds of thousands of workers in the state still cannot earn a single paid sick day.
As the 2016 open enrollment period begins, it’s worth reflecting on how far we’ve come: Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, 17.6 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage.
From the desk of ... Jaime Miracle, Repro Health Watch
Last month, pro-choice Ohioans and legislators gathered outside the Statehouse as we have done time and again. But this time something was different.
National Boss Day is a reminder that, for millions of Americans, having a family friendly workplace is like winning the lottery.
From the desk of ... Susan Frietsche, Repro Health Watch
The most insidious way American politicians attempt to influence the behavior of private citizens is by quietly passing laws that legislate doctor-patient communications, going so far as to force doctors to lie to patients.
“Do no harm.” Health care providers take this oath. It underpins clinical decision-making and the essential relationship built on trust between providers and patients.
Imagine a public policy that pushes women who are living paycheck to paycheck deeper into poverty… that exacerbates the health disparities that plague our nation…
New state and local paid leave grants and a unique coalition of companies committed to advancing paid leave are helping pave the way for the national program the country needs.
This morning, the president will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to allow all employees who work on their federal contracts to earn paid sick time. When it takes effect in 2017, an estimated 300,000 more workers will earn paid sick time.
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