Weekly Wednesday Wire: November 21, 2012

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USBC Updates

GoodSearch: save money on online purchases and raise money for breastfeeding advocacy

There are four easy ways you can turn your holiday (and everyday) purchases into valuable support for the USBC – at no cost to you!

  • Download the USBC GoodApp, and every time you shop online at 1,000 participating stores, including Amazon, eBay, Target, Apple, Staples, etc., a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the USBC!
  • Set GoodSearch.com as your homepage. You'll earn a penny for the USBC every time you use the Yahoo-powered GoodSearch search engine.
  • Use GoodShop.com when you shop online to receive instant access to over 100,000 coupons from more than 2,500 major brands.
  • Enroll in the GoodDining.com program and up to 6% of every dollar you spend at any of 10,000 participating restaurants will be donated.

Visit the USBC GoodSearch page today to learn more about each of these features and register your support.

Federal News

From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Obama Administration Moves Forward to Implement Health Care Law, Ban Discrimination Against People with Pre-existing Conditions

The Obama administration is moving forward to implement provisions in the health care law, including issuing the following:

  • A proposed rule outlining policies and standards for coverage of essential health benefits, while giving states more flexibility to implement the Affordable Care Act. Essential health benefits are a core set of benefits that would give consumers a consistent way to compare health plans in the individual and small group markets. A companion letter on the flexibility in implementing the essential health benefits in Medicaid was also sent to states.
  • A proposed rule implementing and expanding employment-based wellness programs to promote health and help control health care spending, while ensuring that individuals are protected from unfair underwriting practices that could otherwise reduce benefits based on health status.

Read the news release.

Member News

From Baby-Friendly USA: New Web Application Helps Birthing Centers Comply with UNICEF/WHO Standards

A new web application created by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., in partnership with Greane Tree Technology and Russo Project Management, aims to increase breastfeeding rates in the United States. The application offers online technical assistance and self-appraisal tools to birthing facilities, helping them conform to international standards of infant care to support optimal infant nutrition and mother/baby bonding, as well as achieve public health goals set by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services. Major funding for the project came from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Partner News

From Public Health Institute: Interactive Web Forum Recording

Missed last week's web forum, "Where We Stand and What's Ahead: Public Health and the Prevention Fund"? The recording, presentations, and resources will be posted soon on the Dialogue4Health website.

News Clippings

The New Social Worker Online: "Why Social Workers Need to Care About Breastfeeding"

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