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About Advisory Committees…

Last week, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland vetoed the formation of a new Hemophilia Advisory Committee saying that one existed as a matter of Ohio law and had been dormant for years, and as such the new measure was redundant. In Georgia, Governor Roy Barnes delivered a veto this month to a measure that would have created […]

Have you called your member of Congress? Call during the August recess!

There is an urgent need for consumers to reach out to their member of Congress! Healthcare reform is happening now.  It is more important than ever that you reach out to your members of Congress now.  The National Health Council and Families USA have provided consumers with toll-free numbers to reach their member of Congress.  […]

Have you actually read H.R. 3200?

Yesterday I received an email from a member of the bleeding disorders community.  The email began with “this is NOT a health care plan but a system to further invade your life/privacy, take your money, ration health care, control salaries of medical professionals and prescribe your death plan”.  The email highlighted sections of America’s Affordable Health […]

Notes from Philadelphia…

I had the distinct honor of representing HFA at the National Conference of State Legislators 2009 Summit in Philadelphia last week. The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. For five days, 5,000 state legislators and another 5,000 staff people […]

Healthcare Federalism

Watching the goings on in Congress around the various healthcare proposals, one might think that the day after Congress passes a reform package we all will immediately have insurance coverage. A quick primer in legislative process might come in handy here. Congress is charged with creating the rules. This is going on now. The various […]

Kimberly’s “wild” town-hall meeting with Rep. Sensenbrenner

“Obama’s health plan will make the current situation worse”.  Rep. Sensenbrenner’s declaration set the tone for a “very charged up” crowd at recent town-hall meeting attended by HFA’s very own Executive Director, Kimberly Haugstad.  Many attendees in the standing room only meeting expressed significant frustration with the member who represents Wisconsin’s 5th-district.  Obama supporters expressed […]

Check to see how the House Tri-Committee health reform bill will impact where you live

The House Energy and Commerce Committee analyzed the impact that America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200) would have on each member’s district.  To learn more about the impact of the legislation on small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured, please click DISTRICT-BY-DISTRICT IMPACT.

What should be the deadline?

In a press conference earlier this week, President Obama said “if there is not a deadline in Washington, nothing happens”.  Seven members of the Blue Dog Coalition expressed concerns over the cost and the need to pass “deficit neutral” health reform legislation.  Representative Mike Ross, Chairman of the Blue Dog Health Care Task Force feels […]

Health care reform made simple

The Kaiser Family Foundation has put together a great tool to help decipher and compare the health care reform bills.  If you don’t have time to read thousands of pages of documents filled with legislative language, this tool provides easy-to-read summaries of sections within the bills.  It allows you to compare the most popular reform […]

Harry and Louise are back again

Same couple, different year…Harry and Louise are back on the advertisement campaign scene advocating from a different side.  The couple is known for advertisements launched against President Clinton’s health care plan in the 1990’s. On July 16, 2009 the couple was featured in an advertisement in support of reforming the health care system.  This time […]

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