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Dear Addy: Learning Central

December 10, 2018

Dear Addy, I’ve heard about HFA’s new Learning Central, but I’m not sure how to find it and the benefits of using it. Can you provide more information? Signed, Lifelong Learner Dear Learner, HFA’s Learning Central is part of the HFA Institute, a new e-learning initiative designed for the bleeding disorders community. The HFA Institute […]

Dear Addy: New Legislator

November 26, 2018

Dear Addy, My district elected a new member of Congress in the mid-term election and I’d like to start building a relationship with them. How can I connect with my legislator as they prepare to take office? Signed, Proactive Advocate Dear Proactive, It’s never too early to start building a relationship with your new legislator. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]


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