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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: 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: 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: Nation’s Blood Supply

March 20, 2017

Dear Addy, How is the nation’s blood supply managed, and how do we know if it’s safe? Sincerely, Searching for the Best Blood Dear Searching, The US blood supply system is managed by a number of major organizations, including federal agencies. They oversee two types of blood collection activities: (1) the collection of the cellular […]

Dear Addy: Carrier Testing

October 3, 2016

Dear Addy, Given our family history, my 8-year-old daughter could be a carrier of hemophilia. When should she get tested? Signed, Curious Carrier ____________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Curious Carrier, When to get tested is a personal decision, and you have a lot to consider. Importantly, consider that determining if your daughter is a carrier now could enhance […]

Dear Addy: Why Are Medical Alert IDs Important?

January 15, 2016

Dear Addy, Several parents that I’ve met at the HTC have recommended I should get my daughter a medical ID bracelet. Why is this so important? Are there resources available to help me get her one? Signed Inquiring About IDs Dear Inquiring, For patients with serious medical conditions like a bleeding disorder, it’s important that […]

Dear Addy: Biosimilars

November 9, 2015

Dear Addy, I keep hearing about biosimilars. What are they, and how do they differ from generic drugs? Sincerely, Curious About Products Hi Curious, Thanks for your question. A biosimilar is a pharmaceutical drug that is made to have similar active properties as a biological drug that has already been licensed. Biologics are really important […]

Dear Addy: Applying for Jobs

September 21, 2015

Dear Addy, I’m applying for jobs and am nervous that the marks on my arm from infusing will present awkward questions. What should I do? Signed, Marked Dear Marked, This is a valid fear. For people unfamiliar with the need to infuse medication verses swallow it, the marks on your arms left by multiple infusions […]

Dear Addy: Deductibles

May 4, 2015

Dear Addy, I thought I hit my deductible total recently based on my receipts and explanation of benefits. My insurer says I haven’t and they have a different total of how much of my deductible is left. What is going on?  Signed,  Calculation Crazed ____________________ Dear Crazed, You will need to check your health insurance […]

Dear Addy: Medical Benefit vs. Pharmacy Benefit

February 9, 2015

Dear Addy: My factor is moving from the medical benefit to the pharmacy benefit in 2015 and I’m worried. What should I watch out for? From, Jermane, severe hemophilia B ______________________________________ Thanks for writing, Jermane. We are seeing many insurers around the country making this switch. In several instances, insurers are placing treatment products for […]

Dear Addy: Unaffected Siblings

October 7, 2014

Dear Addy, I have two sons with hemophilia and one daughter who is not affected by a bleeding disorder. My two sons get so much attention and I know that my daughter feels left out. How can I help my daughter understand that we love her just as much as her brothers? Signed, Dad of […]

Dear Addy: Open Enrollment Period

September 27, 2014

  Note: This article was updated on 11/10/2015 to reflect Open Enrollment dates for plans beginning in 2016.    Dear Addy, I am not happy with my current health insurance. My work told me that I can’t change my plan until the “Open Enrollment Period” starts. What is an open enrollment period and why do I […]

Dear Addy: Lifetime Caps vs. Annual Caps

April 20, 2014

                Dear Addy, I know “Obamacare” eliminated lifetime caps on January 1, 2014, but are there still annual caps on healthcare costs? Capped-Out __________________________________ Dear Capped-Out, Happily the answer is no, as of January 1, 2014. Actually, it was on September 23, 2010, that the Affordable Care Act […]


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