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Dear Addy: Framing Your Story

November 13, 2018

Dear Addy, I’d like to be more involved in my local organization’s advocacy work in the new year, but I have a hard time coming up with the right words to get my point across. Does HFA have any resources for storytelling for advocacy? Signed, In Need of Instruction Dear Instruction, You came to the […]

Washington Wire: October 2018

October 30, 2018

Featured stories: New HHS policy could diminish protections for people who depend on quality, affordable health insurance. On Oct. 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new guidance spelling out how states can win approval to waive various Affordable Care Act requirements. This arcane new policy could seriously impact protections for patients […]

Dear Addy: 2019 Open Enrollment Period

October 29, 2018

Dear Addy, I know that the Open Enrollment Period for health insurance is right around the corner. As a person with a bleeding disorder, what should I look for in an insurance plan? Signed, Savvy Subscriber Dear Subscriber, The Open Enrollment Period is a time frame each year when health insurance plans or HMOs (health maintenance organizations) are […]

Dear Addy: Medicare Open Enrollment

October 15, 2018

Dear Addy, I recently enrolled in Medicare and I got a notice that open enrollment for 2019 is coming up. What do I need to know about choosing my plan for the coming year? Signed, Medicare Madness Dear Medicare Madness, You are right: Medicare open enrollment for 2019 is fast approaching! The open enrollment period […]

Word from Washington: HFA Joins Amicus Brief in Legal Challenge to Short-Term Health Insurance Rule

October 8, 2018

As we’ve previously reported, several lawsuits are currently pending in federal courts concerning aspects of the Affordable Care Act. One lawsuit questions whether the ACA is still valid, despite the elimination of the individual mandate penalty; other cases take an opposite tack, challenging recent Administration actions and rulemakings as inconsistent with the ACA. Today, HFA […]

Dear Addy: Engaging in Research

October 1, 2018

Dear Addy, I watched a few of HFA’s PRIDE Project webinars. Can you explain to me how engaging in research will make me a better advocate? Signed, Curious about Research Dear Curious, It’s great to hear that you watched some of the PRIDE Project webinars, as those webinars provide an introduction to and basic training […]

Washington Wire: September 2018

September 28, 2018

Featured Stories: As November draws near, #DefendPreEx remains in the spotlight. We have written before about Texas v. United States, a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. In September, the federal court with jurisdiction over the case held a hearing to consider the parties’ arguments. At issue […]

Dear Addy: Voter Information

September 17, 2018

Dear Addy, With the midterm election fast approaching, does HFA have any tools to assist voters? I’d like to see who the candidates are in my district and state and where they stand on access to healthcare for the bleeding disorders community. Signed, Informed Voter Dear Voter, This is a great and timely question with […]

Dear Addy: Inviting Legislators to Your Event

September 3, 2018

Dear Addy, My local organization is hosting a few events this fall and I’d like to invite our U.S. Representative to attend. How do I send them an invitation? Signed, Active Constituent Dear Constituent, This is a timely question, as mid-term elections are a few months away and members of the House of Representatives and […]

Washington Wire: August 2018

August 31, 2018

Featured Stories: HFA, along with other patient groups, continues to argue against restrictive Medicaid eligibility policies. HFA has written before about a new federal policy that allows states to cut off Medicaid coverage for adults who don’t meet state work requirements. The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has so far approved work requirements […]

Word from Washington: Association Health Plans Infographic

August 23, 2018

The Trump Administration issued a final rule on June 19, 2018 expanding association health plans. The rule’s stated aim is to “help Americans struggling to afford health coverage find new, more affordable options.” You can read more about the rule here. HFA and many other patient advocacy groups think the final rule takes the wrong tack. Association […]

Dear Addy: Project CALLS Infographic

August 20, 2018

Dear Addy, I recently attended an event and learned about submitting issues with my insurance to HFA’s Project CALLS. However, I still have some questions about how CALLS works and what happens when I submit an issue. Can you explain the process? Signed, CALLS Quandary Dear Quandary, HFA created an infographic to answer this very […]

Intern Introspective: That’s a Wrap for Alexandra and Catherine

August 10, 2018

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy and governmental relations interns to our D.C. office. Alexandra and Catherine are part of the bleeding disorders community and were chosen to participate in a 10-week internship because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of policy and advocacy. Throughout the summer, Alexandra and Catherine: […]

Dear Addy: Mental Health

August 6, 2018

Dear Addy, I’ve heard friends in the bleeding disorders community speak about depression and other mental health concerns. I want to support them, but I’m not sure how to approach this sensitive topic. Can you offer guidance on how to have a conversation with friends about mental health? Signed, Caring Friend Dear Friend, Thank you […]

Word from Washington: New Rules on Short-term Insurance

August 2, 2018

New federal rules, released Aug. 1, roll back limits on short-term health plans. Short-term plans are primarily designed to bridge gaps in coverage that can occur, e.g., when an individual is transitioning between jobs. As such, these plans don’t have to meet Affordable Care Act standards. They can deny coverage and/or can charge higher premiums […]

HFA seeks historical materials to honor bleeding disorders in its 25th year

July 26, 2018

Hemophilia Federation of America will recognize 25 years serving the bleeding disorders community in 2019 with plans to display historical records at its annual symposium in San Diego. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is currently collecting archival-type material, such as vintage medical equipment, supplies, rally posters, journals, diaries, newsletters, documents, photographs and other items representing the […]

Intern Introspective: Experiencing a Plasma Collection Center

July 23, 2018

Last week, Alexandra and Catherine had the opportunity to tour Grifols’ plasma collection center in Frederick, Md. Centers like this collect plasma from donors and returns the red blood cells to the donor. The plasma that is collected then undergoes several levels of strict testing and is pooled and parted out to create many different […]

Dear Addy: Supporting Siblings

July 23, 2018

Dear Addy, I have a bleeding disorder and two siblings who are unaffected. My siblings often ask how they can help or what they can do to support me. How do I share with them what I’m feeling and how to best support me? I don’t want to burden them with my issues. Signed, Supportive […]

HFA and NHF Following Developments in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in Response to Magazine Article

July 20, 2018

  Many in our community have questions about a recent Slate magazine article that reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is reallocating money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to help defray costs of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement as a result of current immigration policy. The Ryan White Program, named for […]

Dear Addy: August Recess

July 9, 2018

Dear Addy, I’d like to meet with my legislators at home during Congress’s August recess. How do I schedule a meeting? Signed, Recess Rockstar Dear Recess, August recess is a great time to meet with your federal legislators at home. Members of the House of Representatives will be on recess from July 27 through Sept. […]

Intern Introspective: The First Five Weeks

July 5, 2018

The halfway point of our Policy and Government Relations Internship program is an excellent time for Alexandra and Catherine to reflect on the first five weeks of their internship. In this blog post, Alexandra and Catherine break down what an average week looks like for them as HFA interns and they talk about what the […]

Dear Addy: Accumulator Adjuster Programs

June 25, 2018

Dear Addy, I’ve seen HFA post information on accumulator adjuster programs, but I’m still a little unclear about what this means and how I could be affected. Does HFA have any other resources on accumulator adjuster programs? Signed, Deductible Detective Dear Detective, This is a great question, as accumulator adjuster programs (AAPs) are increasingly common in the […]

Intern Introspective: Experience on Capitol Hill

June 22, 2018

We’ve introduced you to Alexandra and Catherine, our summer Policy interns. They have been busy in D.C., attending Congressional hearings and learning the ropes of working for a national organization. During their second week, they experienced first-hand the planning and execution of our fifth annual Patient Fly-In. Read their experiences through their eyes on how […]

HFA RECOGNIZES CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AS 2018 CHAMPIONS

June 12, 2018

On June 12,2018, we hosted our 5th Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC alongside an online Virtual Hill Day. . With that in mind, patient representatives asked Senators and Representatives to protect affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, ensure that insurance plans provide meaningful coverage and an appropriate scope of health benefits; protect people against potentially […]

Dear Addy: Virtual Hill Day

June 11, 2018

Dear Addy, I saw a post on HFA’s Facebook page about a Virtual Hill Day on June 12. Can you tell me more about this and how people outside of D.C. can be involved? Signed, Virtual Visitor Dear Visitor, Every year, HFA hosts a fly-in for members of the bleeding disorders community to come to […]

Intern Introspective: Meet Alexandra and Catherine

June 8, 2018

Earlier this year, we opened applications for a ten-week policy and government relations internship* for this summer. We are excited to introduce you to the two candidates that we selected! Alexandra Abreu Boria and Catherine Anderson, who are part of the bleeding disorders community and have been chosen because of their leadership qualities and interest in […]

Dear Addy: Planning for Summer Activities

May 28, 2018

Dear Addy, This summer, my family has plans to travel and attend camp, in addition to numerous other activities and commitments. Can you recommend resources to help manage my kids’ bleeding disorder while we’re on the go? Sincerely, Summer Savvy Dear Summer, With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, this is a timely […]

Dear Addy: New Treatment Research

May 15, 2018

Dear Addy, How do I approach my doctor with questions on new research about a treatment for my bleeding disorder? There are so many novel treatments under development or newly available! I want to make sure that my doctor considers my input and will work with me to select the treatment that best serves my […]

Dear Addy: Becoming Involved With Committees

May 1, 2018

Dear Addy, I recently participated in a state legislative day and there was a lot of discussion about committees. It’s been years since I took a civics class and I don’t remember much about committees. Could you explain what they are and why they’re important to our advocacy efforts? Signed, Curious About Committees Dear Curious, […]

Dear Addy: Symposium

April 16, 2018

Dear Addy, I’m attending HFA’s Symposium next week and I’d like to gather information about personal and legislative advocacy to bring back to my community. What sessions do you recommend I attend? Signed, Planning Ahead Dear Planner, It’s great to hear you will be attending Symposium in Cleveland! This year, we have expanded our advocacy […]


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