Natale Zimmer is the Health Policy Director at OWL – The Voice of Midlife and Older Women. Prior to joining OWL, Ms. Zimmer was the Deputy Director for Public Policy at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, and she also worked on a range of issues including health care for Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI). At OWL, Ms. Zimmer leads public policy, advocacy, grassroots and coalition efforts, coordinating with other groups to support the health care interests of women age 40 and older. Ms. Zimmer holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her husband in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Natale Zimmer is the Health Policy Director at OWL – The Voice of Midlife and Older Women. Prior to joining OWL, Ms. Zimmer was the Deputy Director for Public Policy at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, and she also worke
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August 25, 2010
Alan Simpson, former US Senator from Wyoming and current Co-Chair of the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has crossed the line. We're all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts. And when he didn't like the facts , he took to personal insults and profanity. Check out his outrageous email to Ashley Carson, Executive Director of the Older Women's League, in response to her blog post from April. Mr. Simpson dismisses the voice of advocates, stating that, "people like [OWL] babble into the vapors about 'disgusting attempts at ageism and sexism' and all the...
July 29, 2010
Paid sick leave is sometimes described as a conflict between employers and employees, and it’s often framed as worker greed versus small business owner just trying to get by. But this issue is bigger than workers and employers. It’s also about families, colleagues and customers. Families need to be taken care of. If a primary caregiver is sick, going to work will prevent them from recovering as quickly as they could. If a child is sick, and cannot go to school, someone needs to care for them. Parents are left with few choices in those situations – if they are lucky, they have someone else who...
July 29, 2010
Workers have always needed to care for their children, families and elderly relatives, and at the same time, be productive, responsible employees. For women, this breadth of responsibilities is felt with greater pressure, as women are more often the primary caregivers at home in addition to their paid outside employment. But today, when workplaces don’t provide the basic labor standard of paid sick days, the economic security of women and their families is at risk. Because childbearing and family care responsibilities lead to time out of the paid workforce, women are more likely to work in...
January 19, 2010
Contact your Senators by calling 1-800-998-0180, and tell them "NO on the Fast Track Commission!" Next week, the Senate will vote on this special Fast-Track Commission, which some in Washington say is needed to fix our budget deficit. Don't believe it. They really want to cut Social Security. STOP the Fast-Track Commission. Go to www.SocialSecurityMatters.org . >
December 21, 2009
Age discrimination in the form of age rating, the practice of allowing private insurers to charge people higher premiums solely based on age, is wrong. And Congress is buying the false argument from the insurance companies that without age rating, insurance will be too expensive for younger people. But that's not really why the insurers are lobbying for discrimination. As usual, it's about lining their pockets. Some claim to be worried that without age rating, premiums will be too high for younger people, even though they support ending discrimination. True, eliminating age rating would...