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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 […]

2015 Summer Intern Recap

August 7, 2015

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy & advocacy interns to our DC office. Adam and Matthew 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, Adam and Matthew: Gained […]

Dear Addy: CHOICE

July 29, 2015

Dear Addy, I keep seeing all of these Facebook posts and Tweets about the CHOICE Project. What is it and why does it matter if I take part? Signed, Need-to-Know Dear Need-to-Know, Glad you asked. CHOICE (Community Having Opportunity to Influence Care Equity) is a project driven by HFA and supported by the Centers for […]

HFA Interns Tour Maryland Plasma Center

July 24, 2015

Earlier this summer,聽we introduced you to Adam and Matthew, our summer Policy Interns. These two have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings, Executive briefings, and much more. Last week, Matthew and Adam had the opportunity to tour Grifol’s plasma collection center in Frederick, MD. Centers like this collected plasma from donors, returning the […]

HFA Patient Fly-In: Through Our Interns’ Eyes

July 7, 2015

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Adam and Matthew, our summer Policy Interns. These two 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 2nd Annual Patient Fly-In.聽Below is their take on the week, and a bonus […]

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 […]

2015 Advocacy and Government Affairs Interns

June 4, 2015

Earlier this year, we opened applications for a ten week advocacy & government relations internship* for this summer. We are excited to introduce you to the two candidates that we selected! Adam and Matthew are part of the bleeding disorders community and have been chosen聽because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of […]

Dear Addy: Fundraising

June 1, 2015

Dear Addy, I really want to be able to help raise awareness of, and funds for the bleeding disorders community. I don’t know what I could do to get people to donate. Please help me! Signed, HemoProud Dear Proud, The best way to raise bleeding disorders awareness, and in turn raise funds to support HFA […]

Dear Addy: Step Therapy

May 5, 2015

Dear Addy, I heard that my friend on Medicaid is being forced to try step therapy and use one product for three months before going back to the product he likes. Is this going to happen more often? Signed, Product Paranoid Dear Paranoid, It is possible. Step therapy is a process managed care insurers use […]

Dear Addy: Deductibles

May 4, 2015

Dear Addy, I thought I hit my deductible total recently based on my receipts and explanation of benefits. My insurer says I haven鈥檛 and they have a different total of how much of my deductible is left. What is going on? 聽Signed, 聽Calculation Crazed ____________________ Dear Crazed, You will need to check your health insurance […]

New Study Deems Long Lasting Anti-Hemophilia Factor Safe in Kids

April 27, 2015

Note: This press release was originally published by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. To read the original post, please click here. ____________________ Children with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. The effect on quality of life can be significant, due to time and discomfort […]

Infusing Love: An Advocacy Choir

April 22, 2015

Earlier this month, Jackson and I attended the Ohio Statehouse Days hosted by the Ohio Bleeding Disorder Council. This was a time for families and individuals with bleeding disorders to meet with their senators and representatives to talk about issues and legislation that is vital to our community. This is the third year that we […]

Dear Addy: Is It Safe To Get A Tattoo With Hemophilia?

April 20, 2015

  Dear Addy, I want to get a tattoo, but am worried that my hemophilia will complicate things. Is this safe? Signed, Un-Inked ________ Dear Un-Inked, This is a subject that you and your hematologist need to discuss. Here are some questions to ask your hematologist: Safety鈥擨s it safe for someone with hemophilia to get […]

Gilead鈥檚 $1,000 HCV Pill Is Hard for States to Swallow

April 8, 2015

Note: This story was originally published by Joseph Walker,聽Wall Street Journal reporter, on April 8, 2015. To see the original post, click here. ____________________ A pricey pill made by聽Gilead Sciences聽Inc.聽caused Medicaid spending on hepatitis C treatments to soar last year, even as most states restricted access to the drug, leaving many low-income patients untreated. State […]

Dear Addy: 340B Programs

April 7, 2015

Dear Addy, The specialty pharmacy that I have to use through my insurer doesn’t carry my preferred brand of factor so I have to go through the prior authorization process to get my factor. My hemophilia treatment center (HTC) does not have a 340B program but I know of another HTC that does and they […]

Five New Developments in Hemophilia

April 7, 2015

This post first appeared on聽Vector,聽a blog of Boston Children’s Hospital an was written by聽Ellis Neufeld, MD, PhD,聽a hematologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children鈥檚 Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. 聽 ________________________________________________ From new longer-acting drugs to promising gene therapy trials, much is changing in the treatment of聽hemophilia, the inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot. […]

ABC鈥檚 Secrets and Lies Dishonors Hemophilia Patients

March 17, 2015

ABC鈥檚 Secrets and Lies Dishonors Thousands of Americans Living with Hemophilia Calls manageable hereditary condition 鈥渘asty byproduct of incest.鈥 WASHINGTON, DC 鈥斅燭he Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA)聽was appalled to learn that the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) show聽Secrets and Lies聽referred to hemophilia as a 鈥渘asty byproduct of incest鈥 in the episode 鈥淭he Sister鈥 (S01, E04) that […]

Dear Addy: COBRA and the ACA

February 23, 2015

Dear Addy: It used to be when you left or lost your job you could get COBRA coverage until you found a new job. What is happening to COBRA with ACA implementation? What happens now if I lose my job and need health insurance? Sincerely, Daniel, Hemophilia Patient ___________________________________ Dear Daniel, If you lose your […]

Dear Addy: Medical Benefit vs. Pharmacy Benefit

February 9, 2015

Dear Addy: My factor is moving from the medical benefit to the pharmacy benefit in 2015 and I鈥檓 worried. What should I watch out for? From, Jermane, severe hemophilia B ______________________________________ Thanks for writing, Jermane. We are seeing many insurers around the country making this switch. In several instances, insurers are placing treatment products for […]

Project RED: The Sequel

February 3, 2015

NOTE: This is the second of a two-part story. Click here to read Part I. Working to identify problems and explore solutions among the bleeding disorders healthcare system, the Care Access Working Group (CAWG) continues the efforts on behalf of Project Reaching Everyone Directly (RED). CAWG listens to stories from across the bleeding disorders community […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Specialty Pharmacy vs. PBM

January 12, 2015

Dear Addy, What is the difference between a Specialty Pharmacy and a Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM), and why should I care? Signed, John, young adult with mild hemophilia A ________________________________________________ Dear John, The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) defines a specialty pharmacy as 鈥溾istinct from traditional pharmacies in coordinating many aspects of patient care […]

FDA approves Viekira Pak to treat Hepatitis C

January 5, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir tablets co-packaged with dasabuvir tablets) to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection, including those with a type of advanced liver disease called cirrhosis. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver that […]

Affordable Care Act Eases Concerns for Family with Hemophilia

December 29, 2014

This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. To read it in its entirety, click here. ________________________________________ Title:聽Affordable Care Act Eases Concerns for One Family Date: December 25, 2014 By:聽Christopher Weaver Source:聽The Wall Street Journal Jaime Hood and her family were among the health law鈥檚 biggest winners in 2014. Ms. Hood said she enrolled […]

FDA Makes Statement on MSM Blood Donor Deferral Policy

December 23, 2014

Today, Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set forth a recommendation to change the current MSM blood donation policy. The current policy, set forth in the height of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, forbade men who have had sex with men since 1977 from donating blood. The new policy […]

HFA’s Statement to the FDA’s BPAC on Blood Donation Policy

December 3, 2014

Former HFA Board President Paul Brayshaw recently delivered a statement on behalf of our organization before the Food and Drug Administration’s Blood Product Advisory Committee (BPAC) regarding a proposed change to the policy on blood donations from men who have sexual contact with men. In this statement, Mr. Brayshaw stated that, while聽we do not support […]

Promising Gene Therapy Results in Treating Hemophilia B

November 20, 2014

On November 19, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced the results of their ongoing gene therapy partnership with University College London and the Royal Free Hospital. The report indicates success in the trial, which used a modified adeno associated virus (AAV) 8 to deliver genetic material for making Factor IX in Hemophilia B patients. In […]

Update #2: FDA will Review Study Suggesting Higher Inhibitor Incidence in PUPS

November 20, 2014

On September 24, 2014, the medical journal,聽Blood, came out with a study called,聽Recombinant Factor VIII Products and Inhibitor Development in Previously Untreated Boys with Severe Hemophilia A.聽 This study suggests聽that inhibitor incidence is higher in previously untreated patients (PUPs) with severe hemophilia A that are using聽Kogenate/Helixate. The Food and Drug Administration聽(FDA)聽and European Medicines Agency (EMA)聽have […]


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