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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 & Catherine

June 8, 2018

Earlier this year, we opened applications for a ten-week policy & 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 […]

Dear Addy: Sports

September 4, 2017

Dear Addy, My son has hemophilia and loves to play sports. He is going into 6th grade this fall and wants to join the soccer team. How do I set realistic expectations with him and his coach? Signed, Soccer Mom Dear Mom, You are not alone in your concerns – this is a common question […]

Infusing Love: Knowing How and When to Advocate

August 17, 2017

This past May our family was invited to attend the HFA Patient Fly-In to Washington, DC. The patients and caregivers were briefed on the talking points the evening before our scheduled meetings with our Senators and Representatives. As you know, health care is a hot topic and there were many talking points that needed to […]

Dear Addy: Project CALLS 2

August 8, 2017

Dear Addy, I’m having trouble with my health insurance, which is making it difficult to manage my bleeding disorder. What can I do to make my concerns heard? Signed, Help Wanted Dear Help, Thank you for reaching out to HFA about the trouble you’re having with your health insurance. You are not alone in your […]

Dear Addy: Hematology Visit

July 10, 2017

Dear Addy, I often become flustered when I visit my hematologist, despite having lots of questions. Can you offer guidance on how to prepare for my visit so I get my questions answered? Signed, Stressed by Appointment Dear Stressed, Any doctor visit can generate a case of nerves. If you have butterflies in your stomach […]

Dear Addy: Coverage for New Therapies

June 26, 2017

Dear Addy, I want to switch to a new hemophilia therapy and, though my doctor has prescribed the product, my insurer won’t authorize coverage. How can I get this covered? Signed, Concerned Consumer Dear Consumer, When new therapies come on the market, there is often a lag before health plans add those products to their […]

Dear Addy: History

June 12, 2017

Dear Addy, My daughter has informed me that most people in her generation don’t know anything about AIDS, Hemophilia, or Ryan White. I find this pretty upsetting. How can we educate the next generation about the history of the bleeding disorders community? Sincerely, Old Enough to Remember Dear Remembrance, This is a great question and […]

Dear Addy: Virtual Hill Day

May 30, 2017

Dear Addy, I saw a lot of activity on social media last week about HFA’s Virtual Hill Day and Patient Fly-in. Can I still participate? Signed, Always an Advocate Dear Advocate, YES! On May 24th, HFA organized a Virtual Hill Day, in conjunction with meetings on Capitol Hill, to encourage community members nationwide to contact […]

Bleeding Disorders Advocates Host Patient Fly-In

May 23, 2017

  Washington, DC– Tomorrow, Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) is hosting a Patient Fly-In and Virtual Hill Day for the bleeding disorders community. As questions surrounding health reform move to the Senate, patients will meet with their Senators, ensuring that their needs are represented. Patients will also participate in a Virtual Hill Day by calling, […]

Dear Addy: Life Insurance

May 15, 2017

Dear Addy, I’m applying for life insurance, but I’m either ineligible or being told I have to pay three times the normal rate because I have hemophilia. Is this typical with a rare disorder, and is there anything I can do about it? Signed, Planning Ahead Dear Planning, Unfortunately, as you’ve found, your health status […]

Dear Addy: Symposium

May 1, 2017

Dear Addy, I attended Symposium in April and gained a lot from the advocacy sessions. I want to incorporate what I learned at Symposium into my regular routine. What recommendations do you have for making advocacy an everyday activity? Signed, Maintaining the Momentum Dear Momentum, Thanks for attending HFA’s Symposium last month in Providence. It’s […]

Dear Addy: HFA Community Research Portal

April 18, 2017

Dear Addy, What is the HFA Community Research Portal and why is it important to me? Sincerely, Research Meets Advocacy Dear Research, The HFA Community Research Portal is an exciting new research project that will provide individuals with bleeding disorders the chance to directly engage in meaningful research projects. The HFA Community Research Portal is […]

Infusing Love: A Letter to A Mentor

April 12, 2017

  Dear Corey, Max was 2 or 3 years old when I first met you. I had been told about this conference happening in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. I really didn’t even know what it was for, but at that point I was desperate to be connected with anyone who had hemophilia. It was a little shocking […]

Dear Addy: Share Your Story

April 2, 2017

Dear Addy, I’ve been following the news about the Affordable Care Act. What else can the bleeding disorders community do to ensure access to quality health care? Signed, Energized Advocate Dear Energized, Advocacy is most successful when people share their personal story about how legislation affects them. Across political parties, Americans are reaching out to […]

Dear Addy: Advocacy Committee

March 6, 2017

Dear Addy, I really want to help my local organization grow its advocacy efforts by starting a committee. However, I’m overwhelmed by the process. Where should I start, and how do I maintain an advocacy committee? Signed, Committee Quandary Dear Quandary, Creating or joining an advocacy committee is a great role if you are interested […]

Dear Addy: Social Media

February 20, 2017

Dear Addy, I often hear about using social media to engage policymakers and spread awareness to friends. Does this really work? How can I advocate on social media without being annoying or preachy? Signed, Social Media Maven Dear Maven, Social media can be an excellent platform to raise awareness for an issue or cause you […]

Dear Addy: Out-of-Pocket Expenses

February 6, 2017

  Dear Addy, I just got my daughter’s January EOB, and I realized that my family is now responsible for up to $14,300 in out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses. Why did this amount go up $600, even though we kept our same insurance? And how can I afford this?!? HELP! Signed, Anxious about OOPs Dear Anxious, High […]

Millennials Get Busy- Advocacy for Young Adults

January 26, 2017

By Sarah Shinkman Learning how to advocate is an important life skill at any age. Whether you are practicing personal, peer, or group advocacy, you have the power to influence decisions that may affect you and others. HFA’s final Young Adult Hangout of 2016 featured two community advocates and a health insurance overview by Erin […]

Dear Addy: Self-care

January 23, 2017

Dear Addy, With the holidays behind us, I’m trying to focus on taking care of myself in the new year. However, I struggle to do this between family, work, and social obligations. Can you provide some tips on self-care so I can be a better advocate for myself and my family? Signed, Stressed Out Dear […]


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