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Washington Wire: May 2020

May 28, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. Federal rule allows health plans to discount manufacturer copay assistance. On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule that affects individuals who rely on聽patient copay assistance programs. The HHS rule (the 鈥2021 Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters,鈥 or NBPP) allows […]

Dear Addy: Cautious to Proceed

May 20, 2020

Dear Addy- I recently learned I am eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment or 鈥渟timulus check鈥. While I have not received any funds yet, I have received several voicemails stating that I am required by law to provide personal banking information, my social security number and pay a fee before I can receive any […]

Word From Washington: HFA Joins With Patient Groups to Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Health Care Law

May 13, 2020

Patient and health advocacy groups representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an聽amicus curiae or friend of the court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act in the case of聽California v. Texas (previously Texas v. United States). The case is on appeal from lower court decisions invalidating (in whole […]

Word From Washington: HHS Finalizes Rule Allowing Insurers to Exclude Copay Assistance

May 8, 2020

Late yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule that affects individuals who rely on patient copay assistance programs. The HHS rule (the 鈥2021 Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters,鈥 or NBPP) allows health insurers to continue using accumulator adjusters. This means that a health insurer can exclude manufacturer copay assistance […]

Washington Wire: April 2020

April 30, 2020

Over the month of April, the COVID-19 emergency continued to dominate Americans鈥 lives 鈥 and lawmakers鈥 agendas. Here are some of the month鈥檚 developments. A fourth COVID relief bill was signed into law on April 24th. R. 266 replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program (established in the March CARES Act but quickly depleted) with an additional […]

HFA & NHF Release Preliminary Executive Summary of Safety Summit

April 30, 2020

Public Comments Sought Over Next 30 Days The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) and Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) are seeking comments from the bleeding disorders community on the executive summary of the NHF/HFA Safety Summit convened in Washington, DC, on January 29-30th, 2020. The summit brought together stakeholders from across the bleeding disorders community, including […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 鈥 What HFA is Doing

April 30, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. STATEMENTS AND UPDATES During this time of rapidly-changing news surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, HFA聽will continue to publish updates and information about COVID-19 and its effects on the bleeding disorders community. MEDICAL NEWS INDUSTRY NEWS & PRODUCT AVAILABILITY NATIONAL, GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL NEWS RESOURCES FAQ: BLEEDING DISORDERS AND COVID-19 […]

Dear Addy: Seeking Assistance

April 20, 2020

Dear Addy- Like many others, I have been laid off of work due to COVID-19. I鈥檓 supposed to receive pandemic unemployment assistance through the CARES Act, but it鈥檚 not in my bank account yet and I have bills to pay. Can HFA鈥檚 Helping Hands program help? Signed, Need a Little Help From My Friends Dear […]

Word From Washington: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Supplement Security Income & Medicaid

April 14, 2020

HFA has received several questions regarding whether the enhanced unemployment benefits that the federal government provides during the聽national coronavirus emergency could adversely impact people who have Medicaid coverage by virtue of the fact that they receive disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. SSI recipients are allowed to work in limited situations.聽 If […]

Washington Wire: March 2020

March 31, 2020

COVID-19 upended the lives of virtually everyone over the course of the last month 鈥 and it appears likely that nationwide disruptions to work, school, healthcare, and everyday life will continue for some time longer. Amidst this upheaval, HFA wants to reassure you that we will continue to serve and support you. We are working […]

Patient Groups Applaud Supreme Court鈥檚 Decision to Take Up Health Care Case

March 2, 2020

On March 2, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear an appeal from the Fifth Circuit ruling in Texas v. United States, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. In earlier phases of that litigation, a federal district court and an appellate court had ruled that the ACA鈥檚 individual […]

Washington Wire: February 2020

February 28, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. Federal insurance rules proposed for 2021 Plan Year. Every year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes a federal rule (the 鈥淣otice of Benefits and Payment Parameters,鈥 or NBPP) to govern operations of the ACA marketplaces and ACA health plans for the coming year. The 2021 […]

JOINT STATEMENT ON RECALL OF VONVENDI LOTS

February 27, 2020

Takeda announced the recall of two lots of VONVENDI vonWillebrand factor (recombinant) 1,300 I.U. vials on February 25, 2020. HFA and NHF recognize that recalls can be very unsettling for many in the bleeding disorders community. We are in communications with Takeda to obtain additional detailed and timely information regarding the events that led up […]

Dear Addy: Excused School Absence

February 18, 2020

Dear Addy, My child wants to attend our state’s Advocacy Day, but she has a limited number of excused absences. I want her to learn how to advocate for herself and the bleeding disorders community, as well as to see democracy in action. Can you offer guidance for working with her school to allow the […]

Washington Wire: January 2020

January 31, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. HFA and NHF co-hosted a Safety Summit in Washington, D.C., over three days at the end of January. The summit was convened in recognition and response to community concerns arising from a series of drug safety reports in 2019. Those safety incidents rocked the hemophilia community 鈥 and […]

Dear Addy: Reporting Insurance Issues

January 21, 2020

Dear Addy, I鈥檓 already experiencing issues with my health insurance, despite being less than a month into the new year. What resources does HFA have for reporting these issues? Signed, Frustrated Consumer Dear Frustrated, HFA understands your frustration and wants to hear from you. We strongly encourage you to reach out to HFA with stories […]

Word From Washington: Patient Groups Urge Supreme Court to Swiftly Take Up Health Care Case

January 16, 2020

Patient and health advocacy groups representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an amicus curiae or friend of the court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately take up the case of Texas v. United States. The case is the latest court challenge to the health care law known as the Affordable Care […]

Word From Washington: 聽24 Patient Groups Endorse Expedited Supreme Court Review of Affordable Care Act Case聽

January 3, 2020

Twenty-four organizations representing millions of patients strongly support the petitions filed today by state attorneys general and by the U.S. House of Representatives that seek expedited U.S. Supreme Court review of last month鈥檚 Texas v. United States ruling.聽 The coalition issued the following statement:聽 鈥淥ur organizations, representing millions of individuals and families affected by chronic […]

Washington Wire: December 2019

December 29, 2019

On December 18, 2019, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited ruling in Texas v. United States, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The 5th Circuit ruling upholds (in part) an earlier lower court decision that declared the ACA to be unconstitutional, due to Congress鈥 2017 enactment of […]

Word From Washington: December 18, 2019 Ruling in Texas v. United States, Update #2

December 20, 2019

Last Wednesday evening, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in Texas v. United States, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The bleeding disorders community has been anxiously awaiting this pivotal court decision. HFA staff want to update you on what is known at this point. The 5th […]

Word From Washington: December 18, 2019 Ruling in Texas v United States

December 18, 2019

Patient advocacy groups representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions decried a December 18th聽ruling from the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Texas v. United States, a case concerning the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The Fifth Circuit ruling strikes down the ACA鈥檚 individual mandate and sends the case back to the […]

Dear Addy: Informed Voter

December 16, 2019

Dear Addy, With the 2020 elections less than a year away, I鈥檇 like to become more informed about the candidates鈥 positions on health reform issues. Can you recommend resources to find and compare information? Signed, Informed Voter Dear Voter, Health reform will continue to be a critical issue for 2020 candidates, as it was during […]

Word From Washington: Surprise Medical Billing & SC Medicaid Work Requirements

December 13, 2019

HFA joined with other national patient and consumer groups to issue a number of statements on important health policy topics this week. HFA and 26 other national groups applauded news of a bipartisan agreement on surprise medical billing聽between the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce […]

Washington Wire: November 2019

November 27, 2019

Open Enrollment for 2020 insurance plans ends soon 鈥 don鈥檛 miss out! The Open Enrollment Period聽for 2020 insurance plans ends soon for Medicare plans, for individual insurance plans (in most states), and for many employer health insurance programs. It is important to take action during this timeframe to assure you have health coverage for 2020. […]

Washington Wire: October 2019

October 31, 2019

Open Enrollment begins for 2020 insurance plans. The Open Enrollment Period聽is a time frame each year when health insurance plans聽are required by law to accept applications from聽new plan聽enrollees regardless of their health history. This also is the time when you can choose to stay with your existing health plan if it is the right one […]

Dear Addy: 2020 Open Enrollment

October 30, 2019

Dear Addy, I keep seeing reminders about open enrollment beginning November 1, 2019. As a person with a bleeding disorder, what should I look for in an insurance plan? Signed, Investigating Insurance Dear Investigator, The聽Open Enrollment Period聽is a time frame each year when health insurance plans or聽HMOs (health maintenance organizations)聽are required by law to accept […]

Dear Addy: Medicare Open Enrollment 2020

October 23, 2019

Dear Addy, I am a Medicare beneficiary weighing my plan options for 2020. What do I need to know about choosing a plan for the coming year? Medicare Beneficiary Dear Beneficiary, Every year Medicare open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. This is the time of year when you can decide to stay […]

Genentech Issues Statement on Hemlibra Particles; MASAC Responds

October 7, 2019

Today, Genentech provided the following statement regarding reports of particulate matter in vials of Hemlibra. You can read Genentech鈥檚 statement below, and can read comments on the statement from NHF鈥檚 Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC). The events of the past several months, including today鈥檚 announcement by Genentech, underscore the importance of the joint Safety […]

HFA & NHF Discuss Bayer Recall with FDA

October 7, 2019

HFA and NHF are pleased to share a brief update with the community concerning a recent meeting we had with the FDA as well as a number of additional resources that the FDA provided after the call.聽 HFA and NHF will continue to update the bleeding disorders community as any further information develops. Please note […]

Washington Wire: September 2019

September 30, 2019

The drug pricing debate聽in Washington resumed when Congress returned from its summer recess 鈥 though many observers question whether Congress will be able to pass legislation this year, due to policy disagreements between the majority and minority parties; the short period of time available before the 2020 elections; and the spillover effects of the impeachment […]


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