Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
I had the distinct honor of representing HFA at the National Conference of State Legislators 2009 Summit in Philadelphia last week.聽The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.聽For five days, 5,000 state legislators and another 5,000 staff people […]
Watching the goings on in Congress around the various healthcare proposals, one might think that the day after Congress passes a reform package we all will immediately have insurance coverage. A quick primer in legislative process might come in handy here. Congress is charged with creating the rules. This is going on now. The various […]
“Obama’s health plan will make the current situation worse”.聽 Rep. Sensenbrenner’s declaration set the tone for a “very charged up” crowd at recent town-hall meeting attended by HFA’s very own Executive Director, Kimberly Haugstad.聽 Many attendees in the standing room only meeting expressed significant frustration with the member who represents Wisconsin’s 5th-district.聽 Obama supporters expressed […]
The House Energy and Commerce Committee analyzed the impact that America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200) would have on each member’s district.聽 To learn more about the impact of the legislation on small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured, please click DISTRICT-BY-DISTRICT IMPACT.
In a press conference earlier this week, President Obama said “if there is not a deadline in Washington, nothing happens”.聽 Seven members of the Blue Dog Coalition expressed concerns over the cost and the need to pass “deficit neutral” health reform legislation.聽 Representative Mike Ross, Chairman of the Blue Dog Health Care Task Force feels […]
The Kaiser Family Foundation has put together a great tool to help decipher and compare the health care reform bills.聽 If you don’t have time to read thousands of pages of documents filled with legislative language, this tool provides easy-to-read summaries of sections within the bills.聽 It allows you to compare the most popular reform […]
Same couple, different year…Harry and Louise are back on the advertisement campaign scene advocating from a different side.聽 The couple is known for advertisements launched against President Clinton’s health care plan in the 1990’s. On July 16, 2009 the couple was featured in an advertisement in support of reforming the health care system.聽 This time […]
The world is filled with all kinds of leaders. There are those amongst us who yell, scream, cajole, and carry on in an effort to get folks to act. But there is another kind of leader, a person who goes about their work seeking little attention, motivated simply by that which is right or just. […]
As I was sitting in the lounge at National Airport in DC, I was going through old e-mails. I found one, with the title above, as the subject. It came from an old college friend. The e-mail’s point was an important one. We as people are impatient by our very nature. Change is evolutionary. American […]
On July 15, 2009, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the Affordable Health Choices Act with a party-line vote of 13-10.聽 The legislation (in conjunction with the yet to be released Senate Finance legislation) will eventually move to the floor for debate.聽 Please click here to read a thorough press release […]
On July 14, 2009 The House Tri-Committee’s introduced H.R. 3200, a 1018-page bill, nearly 200-pages more than the draft proposal released several weeks ago.聽聽 To read the bill or a summary, please visit the Committee on Ways and Means , Committee on Education and Labor, or Committee on Energy and Commerce websites.聽 Committees will begin […]
Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Insurance Committee passed HB 620, The Hemophilia Standards of Care unanimously and without amendments. It is likely that the full House will consider the bill聽within the next several days. 聽 As a national community it is incumbent that we continue to support the efforts of the local Bleeding […]
During a town hall meeting, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and member of the Senate Budget Committee tells an attendee to “go work for the federal government” to obtain health insurance similar to what members of Congress have.聽 The attendee questioned why the Senator’s insurance was cheaper and better […]
Obama wants to hear from you.聽 On Wednesday (July 1), Obama will answer questions submitted by people across the nation.聽 Do you have a question about health care reform?聽 Please submit your question (video,聽Facebook, Twitter, etc.)聽to the following link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/A-National-Discussion-on-Health-Care-Reform/ KC
Congress breaks for recess beginning Monday, June 29 thru Friday, July 3 2009.聽 They are back in their home stated during this time.聽 It’s important that Congress hears from consumers.聽 The consumer perspective matters聽during such an important debate.聽 Decisions on reforming the health care system are happening now.聽 Please聽see the聽the Friday聽Update, dated June 26, 2009 […]
I learned that legislators do want to hear from me.
Today, the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor Committees’ released an 850-page health care reform proposal.聽 To read a summary, please visit the House Committee on Ways and Means website.
Serving the bleeding disorders community as HFA’s Director of Public Policy for State Affairs means spending timing far flung corners of this country. It is an honor to come to your hometown and help actualize a grassroots political agenda that will serve the needs of the community.
Some days however; present greater challenges than others.
HNC mounted it second annual lobby day bring together several dozen consumers from across North Carolina to press lawmakers on several counts. Amongst the concerns presented by community members were recent changes
Working through August recess is probably not appealing to our policy-makers. A few Republican Senators have jumped on the “let’s introduce healthcare reform legislation before June” bandwagon. Senators Tom Coburn, MD (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) have introduced health care reform legislation. The Patients’ Choice Act […]
The last couple of weeks have been exceptionally busy, I have found myself very much in a New York State of Mind. Special Kudos to Bob Fox, CEO and President of the Mary Gooley Hemophilia Treatment Center (Rochester, NY). Bob also serves as the New York Council on Bleeding Disorders, Bob took the point in […]
(BRAINTREE, MA) As the fiscal year for the state’s winds down, we find 48 of the 50 states running budget deficits. Sole-sourcing continues to be an attractive way for state government to drive down its costs with respect to specialty pharmacy. Sole sourcing, sometimes called single sourcing, is the idea that by reducing the number […]
In Maine, attempts to implement a dual source contract where two providers would service all Mainers enrolled in the state’s prescription plan “Dirigo Health.” Recent personnel changes at the Capitol in Augusta have thrown the current plan into limbo.
New York State Senators Tom Duane and Andrew Valesky have partnered to prohibit insurance carriers from charging an extra surcharge on co-pays for the most expensive medications and treatments, like factor concentrate. The bill which is still being reviewed at the committee level instructs the New York State Commissioner of Insurance
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