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Progress and Setbacks for Pregnant Women in Prison: 2014 in Review

December 31, 2014
As we reflect on the past year, we see that 2014 brought some progress on protecting the reproductive health and rights of women who are incarcerated, but also revealed the deep, even intractable, problems that women face inside prison walls. Reducing the scale of incarceration is a critical part of any strategy to safeguard the health, rights, and futures of women who experience incarceration.
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I'm fighting for my daughter's life.

December 30, 2014
My daughter, Violet, has a rare, life-threatening health condition. When she was young, she had hundreds of seizures, sometimes 30 a day. Her hospital visits sometimes cost more than $250,000 EACH. Before healthcare reform, we had a lifetime limit on Violet’s insurance policy. Now we don’t. Now she’s not going to die because we can’t afford the medicine.
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Say “No” to Holiday Stress

December 18, 2014
What’s the best holiday gift I have ever received? Not having to do the whole holiday thing. Really, I’m not a Scrooge. I love picking out the right gift for a person and watching them open it. Receiving gifts is fun, too. Oh, and let’s not forget all the homemade goodies. And decorating your home, both inside and out. And the many parties and family get-togethers. And the wonderful concerts and recitals that your family and friends invite you to attend. And the holiday cards with pictures of loved ones and maybe an annual newsletter. It’s all great, but it’s also just so, so stressful...
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What’s Fuglier than an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

December 18, 2014
Over the years, I’ve received a few ugly Christmas sweaters. My favorite was a bright red sweater with too many dancing reindeers that I received when I was about 10 years old. At the time, I didn’t know it was ugly. It had to be pointed out to me by a dear, older friend – she was 11 and I couldn’t refute her wisdom. Now, that the ugly Christmas sweater is fashionable, I’m feeling a bit lost. Does this mean that I was always fashionable and just didn’t know it? Or, that I was a trendsetter ahead of my time? And, most importantly, could I trust my instincts and answer the greatest question of...
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Making Our Health Care System Work for Boys and Young Men of Color

December 17, 2014
This week the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and the California Schol-Based Health Alliance released a new brief, Making the Health Home Model Work for Boys and Young Men of Color , to examine how we can tailor our health system to meet the needs of boys and young men of color. Imagine you’re a young African American man living in Oakland. Depending on where you live, you might face multiple challenges every day that impact your quality of life. You might wake up to gun shots or violence in your neighborhood. You might walk to school over broken or nonexistent sidewalks. You...
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Give the best present of all: peace of mind

December 16, 2014
Find out if your family qualifies for free or low-cost health insurance. If you live in the Seattle area, Tune into Chat with Women 1150 AM KKNW at 8 AM, Thursday, December 18 to get the scoop as I explain the basics of what our new health law means for Washington families. Then sign up.
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Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina? Let’s Talk About Infant Mortality and Maternal Health

December 12, 2014
The North Carolina NAACP and a coalition of organizations fighting for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina recently held a funeral procession to demonstrate the result of our governor’s decision not to expand the jointly funded federal and state health-care program for low-income residents. According to protesters, 2,800 state residents will die in 2014 because the state did not expand Medicaid under the health-care reform law. What was not made explicit at the demonstration, and at rallies that came before it, is the alarming infant mortality rate in the state, which can be seen as a direct...
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Three Ways to Raise Wages

December 10, 2014
For a lot of working people, this holiday season will be one of belt-tightening rather than shopping sprees. Let’s face it, our wages just aren’t keeping up the way they used to. Here’s a fact: Average income for the least rich 90% of us has been flat since the 1970s, although people are working more hours. Not a recipe for a holiday-buying bonanza. The answer isn’t to cut back even more, it’s to raise wages. One sure way to put more money in consumers’ pockets and place upward pressure on pay is by raising the minimum wage—a sorely needed move that is stymied in Congress, although 20 states...
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Pittsburgh→ Sign this "Thank You" card to the mayor!

December 2, 2014
We have great news! MomsRising volunteers in Pittsburgh will be hand-delivering a giant “Thank You!” card from Pittsburgh families to Mayor Peduto on December 9th at the Children’s Museum. We want to show Mayor Peduto how much we appreciate his administration’s work to reduce the number of uninsured kids in the city. Add your name to our giant card before we deliver it on December 9th, 2014. Pittsburgh was awarded a grant recently through the National League of Cities to fund the Healthy Together campaign to enroll eligible children and families in Medicaid and CHIP. With more than 8,000...
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Know anyone who needs Health Insurance?

December 2, 2014
If you or someone you know needs health insurance, please spread the word: You may qualify for free or low-cost coverage. Now is the time to sign up. And guess what? In person help is available. Check out this free workshop if you live in the Seattle area or go online at to find assistance near you. Open enrollment ends February 15, 2015.
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