Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
Last week, New York Gov. David A. Paterson has signed into law a series of health reform efforts, including: extending coverage to those who are uninsured and 29 or younger and increasing the age of a dependent to 29. In signing the bills, Paterson said “the reforms will make health insurance more affordable for New […]
Town hall meetings across the United States have gotten out of control.聽 Fights, yelling, tombstones with names of Congress members, and vulgar posters are the norm.聽 Members of Congress are in fear of their lives.聽 Some have opted for “tele-town hall meetings” instead. What happened to civil meetings with dialogue between Congress members and their […]
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and top HHS officials plan to discuss reform of the health insurance system Friday at 1pm.聽 To watch the webcast, click here.
Much of the action on health care continues to occur at state and local levels, with support from the federal government and national and local philanthropies. Many states begin by forming a commission to develop an action plan for HIT and, most significantly, bring together the various interested parties. Since 2005, almost one-third (17) of […]
Several national patient organizations representing the Alpha-1 antitipsin, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), Guillain-Barre, hemophilia, platelet disorders, primary immunodeficiency diseases and other rare disease communities have formed a group to address the unique needs of users of “plasma protein therapies” (plasma derived and recombinant therapies). To address the uniqueness of PUC’s membership, the group developed […]
This afternoon, the Hemophilia Standards of Care Act passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a vote of 197-0.The bipartisan nature of this vote underlies the import of this legislation. In winning on the floor, the community withstood enormous pressure from Pennsylvania Insurance lobby and the business community. The legislation now moves on to […]
If you have found your way to this blog, you might consider yourself web savvy. Phrases like digital divide聽and things like tweeting may even be second nature to you. But if you have teenagers in your home, you are always playing catch up. Cyberspace is their playground. You and I know that. Your kids know […]
Last week, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland vetoed the formation of a new Hemophilia Advisory Committee saying that one existed as a matter of Ohio law and had been dormant for years, and as such the new measure was redundant. In聽Georgia, Governor Roy Barnes delivered a veto this month to a measure that would have created […]
There is an urgent need for consumers to reach out to their member of Congress! Healthcare reform is happening now.聽 It is more important than ever that you reach out to your members of Congress now.聽 The National Health Council and Families USA have provided consumers with toll-free numbers to reach their member of Congress.聽 […]
Yesterday I received an email from a member of the bleeding disorders community.聽 The email began with “this is NOT a health care plan but a system to further invade your life/privacy, take your money, ration health care, control salaries of medical professionals聽and prescribe your death plan”. 聽The email highlighted sections of America’s Affordable Health […]
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. As a national community it is incumbent that we continue to support the efforts of the local Bleeding Disorders […]
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 […]
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