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Washington Wire: May 2019

May 30, 2019

Featured Story: CMS decides against allowing Medicare plans to limit coverage of 鈥減rotected class鈥 drugs. This past month brought some welcome news from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. On May 16, CMS released a final rule on drug pricing in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs. In that final rule, […]

Washington Wire: April 2019

April 30, 2019

Featured Story: Some relief ahead from accumulator adjusters. Finally some good news regarding accumulator adjusters! Patient advocates, including HFA, have been warning lawmakers that accumulator adjuster programs threaten access to care for people with chronic health conditions. In recent weeks, state and federal lawmakers signaled they have heard this message and took steps to rein […]

Washington Wire: January 2019

January 31, 2019

FEATURED STORY What to Watch in the States in 2019 鈥 State Medicaid Trends Legislative sessions have begun in all but four states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Nevada begin sessions in the months ahead).聽 As lawmakers begin to tackle the numerous issues they need to address in the coming months, let鈥檚 look at what to […]

Word From Washington: December 14, 2018 Ruling in TX V. Azar, Update #2

December 17, 2018

Last Friday evening, we learned that a federal judge had ruled in the case of Texas v. Azar聽that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. This news has alarmed many. HFA staff want to update you on what we know at this point. First and foremost, please be aware that this ruling does […]

Word From Washington: December 14, 2018 Ruling in TX v. Azar

December 14, 2018

HFA learned late Friday night that a federal court has struck down the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. You can find an explanation of聽the lawsuit (Texas v. Azar) here and can read a description of the latest ruling here. HFA is studying the ruling and will post a more detailed update soon. In the […]

Washington Wire: November 2018

November 30, 2018

Featured stories: Healthcare was a driving issue for many voters in the 2018 mid-term elections. The results of the 2018 election are in and we now know that the 116th聽Congress will be a divided Congress 鈥 聽a Republican Senate and a Democratic House. Will the new Congress do anything to impact access to meaningful healthcare? […]

Washington Wire: October 2018

October 30, 2018

Featured stories: New HHS policy could diminish protections for people who depend on quality, affordable health insurance. On Oct. 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new guidance spelling out how states can win approval to waive various Affordable Care Act requirements. This arcane new policy could seriously impact protections for patients […]

Word from Washington: HFA Joins Amicus Brief in Legal Challenge to Short-Term Health Insurance Rule

October 8, 2018

As we鈥檝e 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聽Texas v. United States, a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act鈥檚 protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. In September, the federal court with jurisdiction over the case held a hearing to consider the parties鈥 arguments. At issue […]

HFA RECOGNIZES CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AS 2018 CHAMPIONS

June 12, 2018

On June 12,2018, we hosted our 5th Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC聽alongside an online聽Virtual Hill Day. . With that in mind, patient representatives asked Senators and Representatives to protect affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, ensure that insurance plans provide meaningful coverage and an appropriate scope of health benefits; protect people against potentially […]

Bleeding Disorders Organizations Introduces Joint Statement Supporting Bi-partisan Alexander-Murray Legislation

October 25, 2017

Click here聽for the combined issue statement from the Coalition for Hemophilia B, the Hemophilia Federation of America, the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Hemophilia Alliance supporting bi-partisan Alexander-Murray Legislation. (Full text available in pdf and below) People with Hemophilia and Other Bleeding Disorders Urge their Senators to Support Alexander-Murray Market Stabilization Legislation Senators Lamar Alexander […]

ACTION ALERT: Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill

September 19, 2017

Your access to healthcare is at risk. The Senate is currently considering another bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sponsored by Sens. Cassidy and Graham. Congress only has until September 30th to act on this measure. We must work together to defeat this bill. Why should you take action? The Graham-Cassidy聽legislation would harm […]

Infusing Love: Knowing How and When to Advocate

August 17, 2017

This past May our family was invited to attend the HFA Patient Fly-In to Washington, DC. The patients and caregivers were briefed on the talking points the evening before our scheduled meetings with our Senators and Representatives. As you know, health care is a hot topic and there were many talking points that needed to […]

Leading Bleeding Disorders Advocacy Organizations File Hemophilia Discrimination Complaint Against Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

August 15, 2017

– Complaint argues Wellmark’s withdrawal from the Iowa marketplace discriminates against protected health conditions under the ACA, including hemophilia, and its disclosure of a patient’s personal health information violates HIPAA WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —聽The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA), and Hemophilia of Iowa (HOI) filed a complaint today with […]

ACTION ALERT: Vote Likely on Tuesday, July 25!

July 24, 2017

On Tuesday, the Senate will likely vote on a 鈥淢otion to Proceed,鈥 which is the first step to open debate on health reform legislation.聽 If the motion passes, they may consider a 2015 bill that will repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacing it, or the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the recent […]

ACTION ALERT: July 17, 2017 Update on BCRA

July 17, 2017

A vote on the health care bill will happen soon, and our organizations need you to take action. On July 13, 2017, the Senate released another 鈥渄iscussion draft鈥 of the BCRA. Despite promises from numerous lawmakers to change the bill, the latest iteration of the bill actually decreases protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The […]

Bleeding Disorders Organizations Urge Senators to Vote No on Better Care Reconciliation Act

June 29, 2017

  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). 聽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 […]

ACTION ALERT: Ask Your Senators to Vote NO on BCRA!

June 26, 2017

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Senate leadership released a 鈥渄iscussion draft鈥 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聽protections for […]

HFA Honors Congressional Representatives as Champions for Chronic Illness

May 24, 2017

On May 24, 2017, we hosted our 4th Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC聽alongside an online聽Virtual Hill Day. As they consider HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate has indicated that they intend to start from scratch on health reform and they need to hear from their constituents when crafting their plan. […]

Bleeding Disorders Advocates Host Patient Fly-In

May 23, 2017

  Washington, DC鈥 Tomorrow, Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) is hosting a Patient Fly-In and Virtual Hill Day for the bleeding disorders community. As questions surrounding health reform move to the Senate, patients will meet with their Senators, ensuring that their needs are represented. Patients will also participate in a Virtual Hill Day by calling, […]

Okay, So What Can We Do?

January 24, 2017

By Lori Long and Sarah Shinkman “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead To find an example of the type of group Margaret Mead speaks about in her famous quote, look no further than our bleeding disorders community. […]

Infusing Love: Now What?

January 18, 2017

聽 This week the Infusing Love Mom鈥檚 Blog will tackle a touchy subject: What happens to health care in 2017? Is there a replacement for the ACA that will offer support and protections? Whether your politics lay left, right, or center, as a community, we all live with having bleeding disorders in our lives and […]

We Are Always Here For You

November 9, 2016

Dear Advocate: After yesterday’s election, there are many questions for the bleeding disorders community. While we don’t have all of the answers, we understand the concerns many have. No matter what your politics are, know that HFA is there for YOU — the bleeding disorders community.聽We offer you our reassurance that we will continue to […]

Intern Introspective: Through Our Eyes

July 1, 2016

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Eric and Camila, our summer Policy Interns. They have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings, executive briefings, and much more. Recently, they got to experience first-hand the planning and execution of our 3nd Annual Patient Fly-In. Below is their take on the week. _________________________________________________________________________________ What was […]

Health Plans鈥 Coverage Of Some Drugs Can Be A Source Of Consumer Confusion

December 21, 2015

Note: The following story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. By Julie Appleby Patients getting chemotherapy or other complex medications may have a sudden panic when shopping for health insurance: Their drugs often don鈥檛 appear to be covered. 鈥淧eople think, 鈥楯eez, what do I do now?鈥欌 said Anna Howard, policy principal at the American […]

Open Enrollment For 2016 Is Here

November 18, 2015

Though Thanksgiving has yet to arrive, it is time to start making your list and checking it twice. No, not that list; the list of the things you need to make sure your health insurance plan covers when your open enrollment period starts. An open enrollment period is the time when individuals can enroll themselves […]

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

June 25, 2015

We鈥檙e pleased today to learn that the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 6-3 decision, upheld the subsidies provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). These tax subsidies have allowed so many in our community to afford the care they need to treat their聽鈥猙leeding disorders,聽and we are confident that these […]

HFA Champion Award Given to 4 Members of Congress

June 18, 2015

On June 17, 2015, we hosted our 2nd Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC聽alongside an online聽Virtual Hill Day聽to gain support for bill聽HR 1600, The Patients鈥 Access to Treatment Act聽in the US House and Senate, and other issues like聽the ability for third-party non-profits to help make payments on behalf of patients, and improving access to skilled […]

Dear Addy: Out-Of-Pocket Costs

June 15, 2015

Dear Addy, So I saw the question you recently answered about what counts towards a deductible.聽You didn鈥檛 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, 聽Pocket Picky 聽Dear Picky, No, not every penny you spend on healthcare will count towards your annual […]

Dear Addy: Out-Of-Pocket Maximums

January 28, 2015

Dear Addy: I see that my out-of-pocket maximums have gone up this year to $6,600 for an individual and $13,200 for my family. How am I supposed to afford this? With one severe bleed, between hospital stay, medication, and follow-up visits, we could reach this limit within a single month. Sincerely, Sonya, Hemophilia A patient […]


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