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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Building Relationships

April 2, 2018

Dear Addy, How can I maintain relationships with my legislators after participating in an advocacy day? Signed, Building for the Future Dear Builder, It’s great to hear you are thinking ahead to what’s next! Building relationships with your legislators is an important advocacy strategy and there’s a lot you can do from home and throughout […]

Dear Addy: Op-ed

March 22, 2018

Dear Addy, I’ve heard writing an op-ed for my local newspaper is a good way to spread awareness about bleeding disorders. I’d like to submit a piece during Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Can you offer tips for submitting my story? Signed, Ready-to-Write Dear Writer, Writing an op-ed or opinion piece is a great way to […]

Dear Addy: Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month

March 5, 2018

Dear Addy, I’ve seen HFA’s Facebook posts about Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Can you tell me more about it and how I can get involved? Signed, Attentive Advocate Dear Attentive, For more than 30 years, the bleeding disorders community celebrated March as the unofficial Hemophilia Awareness Month. In 2016, this designation become official when the […]

Dear Addy: Bullied for Bruising

February 20, 2018

  Dear Addy, My eleven-year-old son recently shared that he’s being bullied at school because of bruising caused by his bleeding disorder. How can I help him educate his classmates about hemophilia and prevent future bullying? As much as I want to protect my son, I also know that I need to empower him to […]

Dear Addy: Legislative Day Toolkit

February 5, 2018

Dear Addy, I’m participating in an Advocacy Day with my local bleeding disorders organization this month. I have limited experience with legislative advocacy and it’s been a long time since I took a civics class! Could you share insight on what to expect and how to prepare? Signed, Proactive Participant Dear Participant, This is a […]

Dear Addy: Project CALLS 2018

January 19, 2018

Dear Addy, I’m already experiencing problems with my insurance in the new year. Where can I go to report these issues? Signed, New Year, Old Issues Dear New Year, You are not alone. HFA regularly hears from community members with concerns about access to care due to limitations or mandates set by their insurance company. […]

Dear Addy: Accumulator Adjuster Programs

January 8, 2018

Dear Addy, I get assistance with my out-of-pocket costs from the manufacturer of my clotting factor product. My insurer just notified me that it will no longer apply that assistance to my deductible and out-of-pocket maximums! Can they do that? Signed, Distressed Over Deductibles Dear Deductibles, You are running up against a new strategy that […]

Dear Addy: Public Speaking

December 25, 2017

Dear Addy, I want to participate in a legislative day, but I’m a terrible public speaker. Help! Signed, Nervous Nelly Dear Nervous, You are not alone – many people worry about public speaking! Use these tips to help you become more confident and comfortable speaking during legislative meetings. Hopefully you’ll find this advice beneficial – […]

Dear Addy: Take Action

December 13, 2017

Dear Addy, What is the best way for me to contact my legislators when policy issues affecting the bleeding disorders community arise? Signed, Alert Advocate Dear Advocate, HFA’s Take Action Center has all you need to contact your legislators, including talking points on issues affecting the bleeding disorders community. Watch this short video on using the […]

Dear Addy: New Parent

November 27, 2017

Dear Addy, I’m a new mom and my husband and I just learned that our baby has hemophilia A. We are overjoyed at becoming parents and overwhelmed with next steps. Could you offer tips for building a relationship with a hematologist?  Signed, New Mom  Dear Mom, You’ve come to the right place! Knowing where to […]

Dear Addy: ABLE Accounts

November 13, 2017

Dear Addy, Are there ways for my teenage son to save money for college, without endangering his health coverage? My son is currently enrolled in Medicaid under our state’s Katie Beckett program for children with long-term disabilities. Signed, Savvy Saver Dear Saver, Here’s one option you and your son may wish to explore: opening an […]

Dear Addy: 2018 Open Enrollment

October 30, 2017

Dear Addy, I’m applying for health insurance for the first time this open enrollment period. With a bleeding disorder, what should I look for in an insurance plan? Signed, First-time Subscriber Dear Subscriber, The Open Enrollment Period is a timeframe each year when health insurance plans or HMOs (health maintenance organizations) are required by law to accept applications […]

Dear Addy: Health Insurance for Young Adults

October 15, 2017

Dear Addy, My son with hemophilia is about to turn 26 and will need to find his own insurance plan. As a parent, how can I help him navigate this process? Signed, Always-an-Advocate  Dear Advocate, This is an important but complicated task. HFA created the following infographic as a tool for walking through the different […]

Dear Addy: Teaching Independence

September 19, 2017

Dear Addy, I have two preteen kids with bleeding disorders and I want to instill in them independence with respect to their care. Do you have any advice on ways to build this into our routine? Signed, Introducing Independence Dear Independence, This is a great question to be asking now, as transitioning to independence is […]


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