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Patient Advocates Speak Up for Patient Safety

July 17, 2014
Earlier this week over 30 national patient safety advocates signed a letter to Congressional delegates urging that a Congressional Committee on Patient Safety and a National Patient Safety Board be created. Each one of us that signed the letter are a member of Consumers' Union Safe Patient Project. Their press release is here: You can read the full text of the letter here: TODAY at 10AM there is a Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Patient Safety. John T...
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Let's Recognize California's Hidden Heroes!

July 16, 2014
We all have heroes in our communities. They may not be wearing a cape or a mask, but they still know how to save the day. Many Californians have been Hidden Heroes: Working tirelessly to help their friends and family get affordable healthcare so they can live healthier lives. Before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 22% of California’s nonelderly adults were uninsured—that number has now dropped to 11%. (Yay progress!) And over three-quarters of uninsured children in California are eligible for Medi-Cal, but just not signed up yet.[2] Getting the word out to families about what...
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Faith above Facts: One Mom’s Career in Sex Law, Part 3

July 15, 2014
Putting faith over fact, 5 conservative Catholic men on the Supreme Court have opened a Pandora’s Box: your boss now gets to interfere with your birth control decisions. In its sharply divided 5-4 ruling in Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS ramps up the War on Women.
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Are Texas Jails Safe for Pregnant Women?

July 11, 2014
What’s going on in Texas? Jails in the state are endangering pregnant women and their fetuses, despite the state’s professed interest in “unborn babies.” In May, a woman named Nicole Guerrero filed a lawsuit against the Wichita County Jail for ignoring her when she was in labor. Locked alone in a cell, Nicole gave birth on a mat on the floor to a premature baby who died. Now a woman named Jessica De Samito in the Guadalupe County Jail worries she may face a similar fate. Jail officials are noncommittal about giving Jessica the methadone she needs to keep from going into sudden withdrawal - a...
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Tell Congress to Vote YES on the Hobby Lobby Fix!

July 9, 2014
You were heard! U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Mark Udall have dropped a bill in Congress to fix the Supreme Court's wrong Hobby Lobby decision, the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act.
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White House Report Demonstrates Why States Should Close the Coverage Gap

July 8, 2014
Nationwide, the rate of uninsured Americans is dropping at a record pace. The reason is clear - new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act has made health coverage affordable and accessible to millions of adults and children. Additionally, the rates of uninsured adults is dropping most significantly in those states that have chosen to expand access to their state's Medicaid program to include low-income, childless adults. These data come from a recently released report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. States were given the option to accept federal funding set-aside...
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Changing the Workplace With Four Walls, a Chair and a Lock

July 8, 2014
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Southern HR Managers Conference. And I left there feeling positive about what employers were taking back to their organizations on the importance of four walls, a chair and a lock. And how these things help moms out when they return to work.
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Pennsylvania Parents Prepare for a Pulse Ox for Your Newborn

July 7, 2014
On July 3, 2014 Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1420 into law creating Act 94 of 2014. In layman's terms: In October 2014, all babies born in Pennsylvania birthing facilities will be required to be screened for critical congenital heart defects via pulse oximetry. Congenital heart defects impact one of every 100 births and vary in severity. Since the defect is deep inside the child, it is often hard to tell before the child leaves the hospital that a preventable tragedy is brewing. Pulse oximetry screening - a simple, quick, inexpensive, non-invasive test helps. In all specialties, pulse...
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Supreme Court Wrong on Hobby Lobby

June 30, 2014
Whoa. Did you see the terrible news today? The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled today that some bosses can make your birth control decisions for you.
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War on Nuns? Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS, and Nuns on the Bus

June 30, 2014
Today the Supreme Court voted in favor of Hobby Lobby's "religious freedom" to decide not to abide by the Affordable Care Act and deny contraception coverage to their employees.
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