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The Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization: Changes to Previous Law

November 21, 2014

This chart compares the prior version of the law governing the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) with provisions of the CCDBG reauthorized in November 2014.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act: Working Together to Protect Pregnant Workers

November 21, 2014

There’s good news for those pregnant workers who need temporary job modifications to continue working without risk to themselves or their pregnancies. The Americans with Disabilities Act was amended in 2008 to expand protections for temporarily disabled workers. These amendments, coupled with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, mean that employers must provide reasonable accommodations for many pregnant workers who need them. View our factsheet to learn about the protections provided for pregnant employees under the law.

Child Care and Development Block Grant: Cost Estimates for Reauthorization

November 19, 2014

This fact sheet breaks down the costs of the recently passed reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

November 18, 2014

This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal law protecting pregnant workers from discrimination means what it says. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as they treat those who are “similar in ability or inability to work.” At issue in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. is whether an employer who accommodates the medical needs of employees with non-pregnancy related disabilities and injuries (as is often required by virtue of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example) must extend the same type of accommodations to pregnant workers with similar medical needs. If the Supreme Court rules against Peggy Young, it will lead to many pregnant workers being forced to choose between their jobs and the health of their pregnancies. This fact sheet describes the case and what is at stake in the Supreme Court’s decision.

The Amended Americans with Disabilities Act Protects Many Pregnant Workers

November 17, 2014

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) increased protections for workers with disabilities by expanding the law’s coverage to include workers with temporary and less severe
disabilities. While pregnancy itself is not a disability, this expansion means that employers must now
provide reasonable accommodations for many workers who experience pregnancy-related impairments.

After DOMA: Tax Filing FAQs for Same-Sex Married Couples

November 13, 2014

In 2013, the Supreme Court invalidated a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—providing, for the first time, federal recognition and protections for same-sex, legally married couples.  The following questions and answers are designed to give general information about tax issues that same-sex couples will be dealing with in tax year 2013 and beyond.

Mark Your Calendar: 2015 Health Insurance Enrollment for Women

November 12, 2014

The health care law—sometimes called Obamacare—makes health coverage more affordable and easier to obtain for millions of American women by making important reforms in the health insurance market that make coverage more accessible, easier to understand, and more comprehensive. In 2014, more than 4.3 million women enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. As of November 15, 2014, women can compare their 2015 health insurance options and, depending on their circumstances, renew with their current plan, enroll in a new plan, or apply for Marketplace coverage for the first time. These plans will be effective as early as January 1, 2015.

A Checklist for Women: Key Tips for Open Enrollment

November 10, 2014
The health care law makes health coverage more affordable and easier to obtain for millions of American women. Beginning November 15, women and their families will again have the opportunity to enroll in health insurance through Health Insurance Marketplaces, which operate in every state. The Marketplace will allow individuals to comparison shop to find the insurance plan that best meets their needs and budget. Women who are currently uninsured and women who already purchase insurance on their own can buy coverage through the Marketplace.
Enrollment in health insurance through the Marketplace begins November 15, and coverage will be effective as early as January 1, 2015. As you and your family prepare for enrollment in, or renewal of health coverage, here are some important questions to consider and tips for evaluating your options.

Enrollment Talking Points for Advocates

November 10, 2014
Starting on November 15, millions of Americans will be able to enroll, or re-enroll, in affordable insurance, with coverage effective as early as January 1 of next year. If you are currently enrolled in a Marketplace plan, this is an opportunity to go back to the Marketplace and see what new options are available. All insurance plans have to cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room care, and prescription drugs. You can find a plan that fits your budget and get financial help with premiums and cost-sharing if you need it. All insurance plans have to show their costs and what services they cover in simple, easy-to-understand language. And, insurance plans can’t refuse to cover you if you have a pre-existing condition.

The Hyde Amendment Creates an Unacceptable Barrier To Women Getting Abortions: We Must Use the Resources To Get Women the Health Care They Need

November 10, 2014
The federal laws that withhold insurance coverage of abortion from qualified women threaten women’s health and well-being. These restrictions, commonly known as “the Hyde Amendment,” particularly harm low-income women and women of color. These restrictions must be overturned so that a woman has the insurance coverage she needs to make a real decision about whether or not to end a pregnancy.