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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 […]

Dear Addy: Public Charge Rule

September 16, 2019

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e seen HFA post on social media about changes to the public charge rule. What are the changes and how could they affect the bleeding disorders community? Signed, Concerned Advocate Dear Advocate, Para obtener informaci贸n en espa帽ol, haga clic aqu铆. Thanks for reaching out about this important and developing issue. As you may […]

Washington Wire: August 2019

August 30, 2019

New rule causes concern over legal immigrants鈥 use of Medicaid and certain other public benefits En Espa帽ol Patient groups聽representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions voiced strong concern about a U.S. Department of Homeland Security final rule released on August 12, 2019. The new rule directs DHS to broadly expand the 鈥減ublic charge鈥 evaluation […]

August 30, 2019

UNA REGLA NUEVA CAUSA PREOCUPACI脫N SABRE EL USO DE MEDICAID Y CIERTOS OTROS BENEFICIOS P脷BLICOS POR INMIGRANTES LEGALES Grupos de pacientes que representan a millones de estadounidenses con condiciones de salud grave expresaron una gran preocupaci贸n por una reglamentaci贸n final emitida el pasado 12 de agosto de 2019 por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de […]

Understanding FDA Drug Recall Procedures

August 19, 2019

It is important to pay attention when a product is recalled, but with all the different sources of information, and the different types of recalls, it can be confusing! The Food and Drug Administration follows several different recall procedures, outlined in the Regulatory Procedures Manual.[1] Recalls are used because they have the potential to be […]

Dear Addy: Off to College

August 19, 2019

Dear Addy, My family is active with our local bleeding disorders community, but now I am going to college in a different state. How do I find an organization near my school so I can remain involved as a community advocate in a new state and at the national level? Signed, Active Young Advocate Dear […]

Word From Washington: Patient Groups Release Statement on New Public Charge Rule

August 13, 2019

Patient groups representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions voiced strong concern about a U.S. Department of Homeland Security final rule released on August 12, 2019. The new rule directs DHS to broadly expand the 鈥減ublic charge鈥 evaluation 鈥 which aims to determine whether an individual is likely to become dependent on the government […]

Intern Introspective: Dylan’s Experience

August 10, 2019

Hemophilia Federation of America鈥檚 Policy and Government Relations Internship has come to a close for 2019. Last week, Jasmin shared her thoughts on the summer and this week we hear from Dylan. HFA is very grateful for all of the work Jasmin and Dylan have completed in 10 short weeks. We can鈥檛 wait to see […]

Intern Introspective: Jasmin’s Experience

August 2, 2019

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy and governmental relations interns to our D.C. office. Jasmin and Dylan 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, Jasmin and Dylan […]

Washington Wire: July 2019

July 31, 2019

FEATURED STORIES Product recall announced; patient organizations are in ongoing communications with manufacturer Bayer announced the recall of two lots of Kogenate庐聽FS antihemophilic factor (recombinant) 2000 I.U. vials on July 19, 2019. Bayer announced that 3000 I.U. of one product (Jivi), past its expiration date, had been mislabeled as another product (2000 I.U. of Kogenate […]

Joint Statement on Recall of Bayer Kogenate庐聽FS Lots

July 26, 2019

Last week, Bayer announced the recall of two lots of Kogenate庐聽FS antihemophilic factor (recombinant) 2000 IU vials.That highly concerning announcement has raised many questions on the part of both national organizations and community members. The fact that one product (Jivi), past its expiration date, was mislabeled as another product (Kogenate FS) and distributed to the […]

HFA Awarded PCORI Grant to Engage Women in Research

July 25, 2019

Hemophilia Federation of America has received a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for its FIRST (Females in Research Sharing and Translation) Project to improve opportunities for women to be engaged in patient-centered research. The capacity-building grant will support HFA鈥檚 FIRST Project which will begin by identifying how women are […]

Word From Washington: District Court Upholds Rule about Short-Term Limited Health Plans

July 19, 2019

District Court Ruling Upholding Short-Term Health Insurance Rule聽Could Make Comprehensive Coverage Unaffordable; Leave Many Uncovered Patient groups representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions are voicing concern about access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon today upheld an administration rule expanding access to short-term limited-duration (STLD) health plans. […]

Intern Introspective: Summer in D.C.

July 19, 2019

  Jasmin and Dylan have spent the past seven weeks busy working on projects in HFA鈥檚 office. When they are not attending briefings, researching and writing their policy projects, and participating in team meetings, they are getting to know Washington, D.C. In this week鈥檚 blog, Jasmin and Dylan share how they鈥檝e made the most out […]

Word From Washington: HFA Signs On to Letter Opposing Medicaid Block Grants

July 18, 2019

Patient Groups Express Strong Opposition to Medicaid Block Grants Proposals for Block Grants or Per Capita Caps in Medicaid Would Harm Patients with Serious and Chronic Health Conditions Today, 27 patient groups submitted a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma expressing strong opposition to policies that would allow states […]

Dear Addy: Back to School 2019

July 12, 2019

Dear Addy, My son has hemophilia and I鈥檓 nervous about his safety as he starts school this year. How can I advocate for him at school and make sure his bleeding disorder is understood? Signed, Nervous Nancy Dear Nervous, You are not alone 鈥 many families struggle with this experience! Taking a proactive approach to […]

Word From Washington: HFA Monitoring ACA Case

July 10, 2019

HFA continues to monitor the Texas v. United States case, in which a U.S. district court declared that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional by virtue of Congress鈥檚 2017 repeal of the ACA鈥檚 individual mandate tax penalty. The district court ruling has been appealed by California and 19 other states, along with the U.S. […]


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