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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 […]

Dear Addy: Coverage for New Therapies

June 26, 2017

Dear Addy, I want to switch to a new hemophilia therapy and, though my doctor has prescribed the product, my insurer won’t authorize coverage. How can I get this covered? Signed, Concerned Consumer Dear Consumer, When new therapies come on the market, there is often a lag before health plans add those products to their […]

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 […]

Intern Introspective: Fly In Recap

June 16, 2017

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to La鈥橞rittinee and Paul, our summer Policy interns. They have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings and learning the ropes of working for a national organization. During their first week, they got to experience first-hand the planning and execution of our 4th Annual Patient Fly-In. Below are […]

Dear Addy: History

June 12, 2017

Dear Addy, My daughter has informed me that most people in her generation don’t know anything about AIDS, Hemophilia, or Ryan White. I find this pretty upsetting. How can we educate the next generation about the history of the bleeding disorders community? Sincerely, Old Enough to Remember Dear Remembrance, This is a great question and […]

Dear Addy: Virtual Hill Day

May 30, 2017

Dear Addy, I saw a lot of activity on social media last week about HFA鈥檚 Virtual Hill Day and Patient Fly-in. Can I still participate? Signed, Always an Advocate Dear Advocate, YES! On May 24th, HFA organized a Virtual Hill Day, in conjunction with meetings on Capitol Hill, to encourage community members nationwide to contact […]

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, […]

Dear Addy: Life Insurance

May 15, 2017

Dear Addy, I’m applying for life insurance, but I’m either ineligible or being told I have to pay three times the normal rate because I have hemophilia. Is this typical with a rare disorder, and is there anything I can do about it? Signed, Planning Ahead Dear Planning, Unfortunately, as you鈥檝e found, your health status […]

Dear Addy: Symposium

May 1, 2017

Dear Addy, I attended Symposium in April and gained a lot from the advocacy sessions. I want to incorporate what I learned at Symposium into my regular routine. What recommendations do you have for making advocacy an everyday activity? Signed, Maintaining the Momentum Dear Momentum, Thanks for attending HFA鈥檚 Symposium last month in Providence. It鈥檚 […]

Dear Addy: HFA Community Research Portal

April 18, 2017

Dear Addy, What is the HFA Community Research Portal and why is it important to me? Sincerely, Research Meets Advocacy Dear Research, The HFA Community Research Portal is an exciting new research project that will provide individuals with bleeding disorders the chance to directly engage in meaningful research projects. The HFA Community Research Portal is […]

Dear Addy: Share Your Story

April 2, 2017

Dear Addy, I’ve been following the news about the Affordable Care Act. What else can the bleeding disorders community do to ensure access to quality health care? Signed, Energized Advocate Dear Energized, Advocacy is most successful when people share their personal story about how legislation affects them. Across political parties, Americans are reaching out to […]

Patients’ Genetic Privacy Threatened by H.R. 1313

March 21, 2017

Congress is currently considering legislation that would undermine patient privacy and workplace non-discrimination protections for individuals and families affected by genetic conditions. This legislation, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R.1313) was approved by a House committee earlier this month. Under existing law, an employer can run a 鈥渧oluntary鈥 workplace wellness program 鈥 and can […]

Dear Addy: Advocacy Committee

March 6, 2017

Dear Addy, I really want to help my local organization grow its advocacy efforts by starting a committee. However, I’m overwhelmed by the process. Where should I start, and how do I maintain an advocacy committee? Signed, Committee Quandary Dear Quandary, Creating or joining an advocacy committee is a great role if you are interested […]

Dear Addy: Social Media

February 20, 2017

Dear Addy, I often hear about using social media to engage policymakers and spread awareness to friends. Does this really work? How can I advocate on social media without being annoying or preachy? Signed, Social Media Maven Dear Maven, Social media can be an excellent platform to raise awareness for an issue or cause you […]

Dear Addy: Out-of-Pocket Expenses

February 6, 2017

  Dear Addy, I just got my daughter’s January EOB, and I realized that my family is now responsible for up to $14,300 in out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses. Why did this amount go up $600, even though we kept our same insurance? And how can I afford this?!? HELP! Signed, Anxious about OOPs Dear Anxious, High […]

Millennials Get Busy- Advocacy for Young Adults

January 26, 2017

By Sarah Shinkman Learning how to advocate is an important life skill at any age. Whether you are practicing personal, peer, or group advocacy, you have the power to influence decisions that may affect you and others. HFA鈥檚 final Young Adult Hangout of 2016 featured two community advocates and a health insurance overview by Erin […]

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. […]

Dear Addy: Self-care

January 23, 2017

Dear Addy, With the holidays behind us, I鈥檓 trying to focus on taking care of myself in the new year. However, I struggle to do this between family, work, and social obligations. Can you provide some tips on self-care so I can be a better advocate for myself and my family? Signed, Stressed Out Dear […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Workplace Disclosure

January 9, 2017

Dear Addy, I just accepted my dream job, and I can’t wait to get started. Unlike my last job, however, no one knows I have a bleeding disorder. When should I approach my new employer with this, and how much should I share? Sincerely, New Job Jitters Dear New Job, You only need to disclose […]

Dear Addy: New Years Resolution

December 26, 2016

Dear Addy, My new year鈥檚 resolution is to be a stronger advocate for the bleeding disorders community. How do I reach people and where can I find information to share? Signed, Want to Be the Change Dear Change, You came to the right place! HFA has several resources available for people to increase their awareness […]

Dear Addy: Giving Back

December 12, 2016

Dear Addy, I want to give back this holiday season, but I鈥檓 not sure how. Can you recommend ways to be more involved in my community? Signed, Inspired to Serve _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Inspired, The holiday season is a good time to reflect on giving to a cause or serving those in need. There are many […]

Dear Addy: Formularies

November 28, 2016

Dear Addy, I keep hearing the terms formulary and preferred drug list. What do they mean and should I be worried if my current insurance plan has one? What about my friends that have Medicaid? Signed, Informed Consumer ____________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Consumer, A formulary is a list of prescriptions drugs that are covered by a particular […]

Dear Addy: Open Enrollment for New Users

November 14, 2016

Dear Addy, I’m applying for health insurance for the first time this open enrollment period. With a bleeding disorder, what should I look for in an insurance plan? Signed, First-time Subscriber _____________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Subscriber, First, an聽Open Enrollment Period聽is the time during the year when health insurance companies or聽HMOs (health maintenance organizations)聽are required by law to […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Joint Health

October 31, 2016

  Dear Addy, I鈥檓 27 years old with severe hemophilia B. I鈥檓 caring for myself and my joints, including infusing to prevent bleeds as much as possible. As you know, with time, joints just can鈥檛 move as freely. Is there anything I can do? Do you recommend any exercises that can improve movement? Signed, Achy […]

Dear Addy: Project CALLS

October 17, 2016

Dear Addy, My insurance company is making it increasingly difficult to access the services and products I need to care for my bleeding disorder, which has led to delayed care. How can I report these issues? Signed, Frustrated __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Frustrated, You are not alone in your concerns. In August 2015, HFA launched Project CALLS […]

Dear Addy: Carrier Testing

October 3, 2016

Dear Addy, Given our family history, my 8-year-old daughter could be a carrier of hemophilia. When should she get tested? Signed, Curious Carrier ____________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Curious Carrier, When to get tested is a personal decision, and you have a lot to consider. Importantly, consider that determining if your daughter is a carrier now could enhance […]

Dear Addy: Advocacy Presentation

September 19, 2016

Dear Addy, I have to do a presentation in front of my eighth grade class on a cause I care about. I’d like to focus on bleeding disorders because I have von Willebrand Disease (vWD), but there’s so much information and I don鈥檛 know where to start. Help! Signed, Anxious for an A   Dear […]


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