Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates, and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
For the past few days, our organizations have been encouraging you to call, tweet and email your Senators to vote No on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). On June 27th, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the Senate vote on the bill but the vote could occur quickly if Leader McConnell is able […]
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 […]
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Senate leadership released a “discussion draft” of its version of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite promises from numerous lawmakers, the Senate bill in fact builds off the much criticized, House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Senate discussion draft would, among other things: Undermine protections for […]
On June 22, 2016, we hosted our 3rd Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC alongside an online Virtual Hill Day to gain support for bill HR 1600, The Patients’ Access to Treatment Act and for HR 3742, The Access to Marketplace Insurance Act, other issues like the ability for third-party non-profits to help make payments on behalf of patients, and improving […]
Dear Addy, So I saw the question you recently answered about what counts towards a deductible. You didn’t talk about what counts towards out-of-pocket costs. Does every penny I spend on healthcare count towards my out-of-pocket costs limit? Signed, Pocket Picky Dear Picky, No, not every penny you spend on healthcare will count towards your annual […]
Largest health insurer to keep key parts of law regardless of court ruling from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/largest-health-insurer-to-keep-key-parts-of-law-regardless-of-court-ruling/2012/06/10/gJQA7VYfTV_story.html?tid=pm_pop By N.C. Aizenman, Monday, June 11, 12:11 AM The nation’s largest health insurer will keep in place several key consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 health-care law regardless of whether the statute survives Supreme Court review. Officials at UnitedHealthcare will announce Monday that whatever […]
By Rebecca Adams, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor A federal judge has denied the request of a group of community pharmacists to immediately stop the acquisition of Medco Health Solutions by Express Scripts, Inc. The judge will next decide whether to throw out the lawsuit. The pharmaceutical benefits management companies Express Scripts and Medco merged on […]
By Jane Norman, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor The Department of Health and Human Services wants input on how to design a study that would detail under what circumstances men who have a history of sex with other men should be allowed to donate blood. Under current Food and Drug Administration policy, men who have had […]
On Monday, Dec. 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin outlining guidance to states on implementing Essential Health Benefits (EHBs). As you may recall, the Affordable Care Act will require individuals to have insurance coverage by 2014. Individuals and business may purchase health insurance in a state based “health […]
By Anna Edney Courtesy of Bloomberg News Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — Two Chinese companies implicated in supplying contaminated ingredients three years ago to Baxter International Inc. for its blood thinner heparin are still supplying product to the U.S., Republican lawmakers said. Baxter recalled the blood thinner in 2008 amid reports of deaths and allergic reactions. […]
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