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President Obama to address Congress September 9

On September 2, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a letter to President Obama asking him to address a Joint Session of Congress.  On September 9, President Obama has a speech planned to lay out a more detailed health care reform plan before a joint session of Congress.  […]

Farewell to Harvey as he heads to Hampton University

Harvey Gates, Jr. will be missed by the HFA Team.  Harvey spent the entire summer as an intern with HFA.  As a community member with hemophilia, Harvey realizes the importance of supporting community organizations.  Harvey completed multiple projects  and expressed enthusiasm while working for HFA this summer.  We wish him well as he heads back […]

What’s gonna happen next?

September is here and Congress is back in session next week.  There are still many unanswered health reform questions.  Last week, the Kaiser Health Network reported on Senator Chuck Grassley’s view of next steps; “If town meetings are going to mean anything, if democracy is going to mean anything, then you listen to your people […]

HFA Launches Students for the Awareness of Bleeding Disorders (SABD) web pages

Young leaders are instrumental to the future of the bleeding disorders community.  Students and young adults have a VOICE and an important story to tell.  Furthermore, they want to be involved and advocate for the bleeding disorders community.  In response to those needs, the HFA Team has launched web space on the HFA website to […]

MASS INACTION: Placing the Massachusetts Model and Healthcare debate in a National context

In 2004, local community groups placed a constitutional amendment on the ballot creating a right to “healthcare for all.” Massachusetts election law requires constitutional amendments be approved by the voters and the legislature twice in two successive elections. Both the legislature and voters approved the measure in ’04. But in 2006, Governor Romney, at the […]

“Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics”

Coal miners use to rely on canaries to let them know when an unhealthy level of gases had built up. The canary would end up meeting an untimely demise, but more often than not, the accompanying miner would end up getting out safely. Over time the idea of the coal miner has become romanticized, complete […]

Remembering Senator Kennedy

Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, spent 9-terms (40-plus years) in the Senate.  He will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at Arlington National Cemetery.  He was one of the most outspoken and effective members of the Senate.  He has been a long term proponent of health care reform and has a lengthy record […]

Focus on Data Mining

When a patient fills a prescription at a major pharmacy, a record of that prescription (minus the patient name) is sold to companies – so-called health information organizations – that pool information from multiple pharmacies. The bundled information is combined with individual physician identities purchased from the American Medical Association to create prescriber profiles (name, […]

Chutes and Ladders

I have an admission. I am not particularly proud of myself, but I got a D- in High School Biology. Normally, I wouldn’t share something this personal in this space, but I do so to illustrate a point. In High School, I couldn’t look at the model of the double helix in class without thinking […]

Community Members Nathan & Sonji Wilkes, live on MSNBC

Check out the video of community members Nathan and Sonji Wilkes, interviewed by Dr.  Nancy on MSNBC today!

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