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  • A Consumer’s Guide to Choosing and Using Health Insurance

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. In the more than six years since its passage, it has made more affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage available to millions of consumers. About 20 million people have gained health coverage under the law, and roughly 12.7 million people signed up for marketplace plans during the third open enrollment period.

  • Improving Care for Pregnant Women and New Parents

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation, and includes benefits that are critically important for pregnant women and new parents. Thanks to the ACA, most plans now ensure coverage for the health services expecting and new parents need. The law guarantees coverage for maternity services and provides support for eligible new parents once their child is born.

  • Summary of Key Provisions

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Improving access to health care has long been a priority for women for a number of reasons, including the fact that women have more contact with the health care system over their lifetimes than do men; their health care needs are greater, especially during their reproductive years; and many women coordinate health care for spouses, children, aging parents and other loved ones. The ACA has already improved women’s access to health insurance coverage, making access to quality, affordable health care more of a reality for women and their families.

  • By the Numbers: Women Continue to Face Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

    DATA BRIEF | According to the most recent data available, nearly 31,000 charges of pregnancy discrimination were filed with the EEOC and state-level agencies over a nearly five-year period, and the number of charges remained relatively unchanged from year to year.

  • #HighNoon2016 Toolkit

    Sample coalition content for #HighNoon2016 debate day tweet storm.

  • Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Expecting and New Parents (2016)

    A comprehensive analysis of state laws and regulations governing paid leave, paid sick days, protections for pregnant workers and other workplace rights for new and expecting parents in the United States.

  • Supporting Informed Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report for 2016

    This report looks at the tools that were available during the third open enrollment period to consumers who were window shopping on HealthCare.gov, which is used in 38 states, and on the 13 state-based marketplace websites. It was conducted in January and supplemented by six focus groups in five states with consumers who had shopped on marketplace websites. It builds on a 2015 analysis of the features available on marketplace websites during the second open enrollment period.

  • Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care (2015)

    This report finds that the country’s maternity care system is missing opportunities to provide better care and use resources more wisely by routinely intervening in labor and delivery in ways that interfere with, instead of promoting, supporting and protecting, innate biological processes that result in healthier outcomes for women and newborns.

  • Understanding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Fact Sheet (April 2016)

    The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is intended to accelerate the transition to a health care system that rewards quality and value, rather than volume, and help ensure that patients experience better care and improved health outcomes.

  • Cross Cutting Consumer Criteria for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

    A truly patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is grounded in comprehensive and well-coordinated primary care that treats the whole person and is consistent with each patient’s unique needs and preferences.

  • What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section

    Be informed. Know your rights. Protect yourself. Protect your baby.

  • Why Is the C-Section Rate So High?

    When first measured in 1965, the national U.S. cesarean birth rate was 4.5%.1 Since then, large groups of healthy, low-risk American women who have received care that supported their bodies' innate capacity for giving birth have achieved 4% to 6% cesarean birth rates and good overall birth outcomes.

  • Cesarean Birth Trends 1989-2015

    The preliminary national cesarean rate for 2014 is 32.2 percent of all births. This is a slight drop from the national peak of 32.9 percent in 2009.

  • Testimony of Mark Savage, House Oversight Commitee (March 2016)

    Hearing on Opportunities and Challenges in Advancing Health Information Technology, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Technology and Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules

  • The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Coalition Letter to Congress

    A letter to Congress from a coalition of 155 groups nationwide that is calling for passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

  • Standing Up for Women & Families in 2016

    In 2016, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.

  • Supporting State Investment in Paid Family and Medical Leave

    FACT SHEET | Details on federally proposed funding to support states considering paid family and medical leave programs.

  • Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Questions and Answers

    Eighth edition guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) designed to answer frequently asked questions about how the law works and the protection it provides.

  • La Guía de la Ley de Ausencia Familiar y Médica: Preguntas y Respuestas

    La octava edición de la guía de la Ley de Ausencia Familiar y Médica diseñada para responder a las preguntas más frecuentes sobre cómo la ley funciona y las protecciones que proporciona.

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