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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 […]

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 […]

Infusing Love: Daycare to Preschool

September 12, 2018

We’ve been lucky enough to have Maddox home with us since he was diagnosed at 6 months old. My husband works nights, so he watches him during the day. We pulled him from daycare at 6 months because we were worried about other kids throwing things at him, and potentially him making the wrong move […]

Genentech Announces the Launch of New Safety Website

September 3, 2018

Genentech has announced a new web portal for patients and caregivers intended to provide timely and accurate information on targeted serious adverse events of interest for HEMLIBRA. Visit the safety website: http://www.emipatientinfo.com/. Earlier this year, Genentech launched a similar site specifically for health care providers. In announcing the launch, Genentech stated “This website is meant to […]

uniQure Announces First Patient Treated in Dose-Confirmation Study in Patients with Hemophilia B

August 24, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from uniQure. Read the press release in its entirety here.  uniQure, a leading gene therapy company advancing transformative therapies for patients with severe unmet medical needs, announced it has treated the first patient in its Phase IIb dose-confirmation study of AMT-061, an investigational AAV5-based gene therapy […]

Spark Therapeutics investigational trail moves into Phase 3

August 7, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the press release in its entirety here. Investigational SPK-8011 moving to Phase 3 As of the July 13 data cutoff, 12 participants in the Phase 1/2 trial have received a single administration of investigational SPK-8011, including two at a dose of 5×1011 […]

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 […]

Word From Washington: Latest Affordable Care Act Developments

July 12, 2018

The past week has seen a flurry of news on the ACA front. We’ve summarized some of the latest developments for you here. On July 10, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced it will further reduce funding for navigators. Navigators are individuals or organizations that are trained to help Americans buy insurance in the ACA […]

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: 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 […]

Infusing Love: Plenty to Keep Her Busy

March 28, 2018

When Scarlett was diagnosed with platelet storage pool disorder in 2011 the doctors told me she wouldn’t be able to play most sports. As she went from toddlerhood to adolescence the restrictions seemed endless and it felt like she was never going to find any after school activities that she would enjoy. It was obvious […]

Genentech Medical Communications Line Available to Answer Questions About Hemlibra 

March 27, 2018

HFA was informed by Genentech on March 26, 2018, that a total of five patient deaths have occurred while the patients were using Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh). Genentech has little information that they can presently share about the circumstances surrounding the most recent patient deaths; however, Genentech could confirm that the patients had received Hemlibra as part of compassionate use and expanded patient access. Genentech has a Medical Communications line at 1(800)-821-8590 for patients, concerned community members, and healthcare providers who seek further information. […]

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 […]

Infusing Love: Life’s Little Surprises

March 14, 2018

My family has very quiet about our family history with hemophilia. I was 2 years old when my grandfather passed away, so I knew very little about what he went through or what it meant to be a carrier, other than the result could be having a son with hemophilia. I was excited when we […]

Infusing Love: Talk With Your Children

February 28, 2018

Disclaimer: At HFA, we value all opinions. This blog only reflects only the opinion and experiences of the individual mother/writer. We encourage you to talk with your children about a school safety plan, and have provided a resource at the end of this blog entry. ________________________________________ Around 11 AM, on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, […]

Infusing Love: Am I a Carrier?

February 14, 2018

Does life ever make sense? Do we really know the answers to why things actually happen? Losing my daughter, Sydney, nine days shy of her second birthday due to SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in a Child), pretty much means there is no answer to why. But my family decided to welcome another child into the […]

Breakthrough in Hemophilia Gene Therapy

January 31, 2018

The following is an excerpt from an article in Medical News Bulletin. Read the full article here. Researchers at Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer tested the safety and efficacy of a new hemophilia gene therapy vector for the treatment of hemophilia B. The body’s ability to stop bleeding and repair damaged blood vessels depends heavily upon […]

Octapharma Support Enables Bombardier to Climb Mount Vinson, Becoming First Hemophiliac to Ascend the Seven Summits

January 24, 2018

Note: The following is an excerpt from a press release from Octapharma USA. Read the full press release here. Octapharma Partnership with Mountain Climber will Culminate with Release of Documentary Bombardier Blood Later This Year Mountain climber Chris Bombardier of Denver, Co., became the first hemophiliac to climb the Seven Summits of the world on […]

Infusing Love: Relating to ‘Wonder’

January 24, 2018

When I committed to writing this week’s blog, I had no idea what I would blog about until I went to see the movie ‘Wonder.’ Wonder is about a boy named Auggie who was born with a facial disease called mandibulofacial dystosis, also known as “Treacher Collins syndrome.” Due to Auggie’s medical needs, which require the […]

Hemophilia Puts Damper on Patients’ Sex Life and Health Status, Study Reports

January 23, 2018

Study Shows Sexual Intimacy Correlates With More Bleeds The following is an excerpt from Hemophilia News Today. Read the entire article here. Researchers report that hemophilia interferes with patients’ sexual activity and is linked to worse health status. The study titled “Sexual Health in Patients with Hemophilia; The Insights from the Patient Reported Outcomes, Burdens and Experiences […]

Sanofi to Acquire Bioverativ for $11.6 Billion

January 22, 2018

Note: The following is edited from a press release from Sanofi. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Sanofi and Bioverativ Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on therapies for hemophilia and other rare blood disorders, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sanofi will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Bioverativ for $105 […]

Infusing Love: Ayudando Nuestras Familias

January 16, 2018

Puerto Rico, Isla del encanto, conocida por sus bellas playas, gente amigable y amable, en donde se baila la mejor salsa y se degustan los mejores sabores caribeños. Arropada por el Mar Caribe y el Océano Atlántico. En donde se habla español y es un territorio ligado a Estados Unidos como Estado Libre Asociado y […]

Fit Factor: Inspiring Fitness Stories to Get You Going in 2018

January 9, 2018

Below, we’ll introduce you to three such people: Trevor Dunn, a young man with von Willebrand Disease, Dawn Evans, an adult woman who is asymptomatic carrier of Hemophilia A, and Barry Haarde, an adult male with severe Hemophilia A.  All of them have discovered a form of physical activity that is enjoyable and adaptable to […]

Alnylam and Sanofi Enter into Strategic Restructuring of RNAi Therapeutics Rare Disease Alliance

January 9, 2018

Note: The following is edited from a press release from Alnylam. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an RNAi therapeutics company, and Sanofi announced today a strategic restructuring of their RNAi therapeutics alliance to streamline and optimize development, and commercialization of certain products for the treatment of rare genetic diseases. Specifically, Alnylam […]

Catalyst Biosciences Initiates Phase 2 of Potential Hemophilia A and B Therapy

January 5, 2018

Note: The following is an excerpt from an article by Rare Disease Report. Read the full article in its entirety here. On Jan. 4, Catalyst Biosciences announced the initiation and open enrollment of the Phase 2 part of its Phase 2/3 program of marzeptacog alfa (activated) (MarzAA), a highly potent, subcutaneously administered Factor VIIa therapy in development for the treatment […]

Infusing Love: Opening Our Hearts & Home

November 9, 2017

When I got married 19 years ago, I never thought I would be a foster parent to over 40 children with special needs. It never occurred to me that I would have the blessing of being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. I never would have thought I would end up with six forever children […]

FitFactor Video: Swimming: A Safe and Efficient Workout

November 6, 2017

Swimming is often recommended as an ideal form of exercise for people with bleeding disorders for a few different reasons. To begin with, swimming allows one to strengthen their muscles in a way that doesn’t put weight on the joints, and therefore reduces the likelihood of bleed due to impact or pressure. It also enables […]


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