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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 […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Mental Health

September 5, 2016

Dear Addy, I’m concerned about how my bleeding disorder is effecting my mental health. However, it’s not clear that my insurance covers a therapist or counselor so I keep putting off seeking counseling or therapy. How important is mental health and where do I find the correct insurance information? Sincerely, Taking Control _________________________________________________________________________ Dear Control, […]

Dear Addy: Back to School Secondary Education

August 22, 2016

  Dear Addy, My son is starting kindergarten this fall and I鈥檓 concerned about what will happen if he has a bleed at school. What are his rights at school and how do I ensure he has the same opportunities as other students? Sincerely, Proactive Parent ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Proactive, With the new school year approaching, […]

Dear Addy: Back to School

August 8, 2016

Dear Addy, I’m preparing for my first year of college, which also means managing my hemophilia without my parents and local HTC. How do I make this a smooth transition? Is there anything I need to do before I get to school? Sincerely, Back to School Jitters ________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Jitters, Congratulations on this exciting transition. […]

Dear Addy: Joint Replacement Surgery

July 25, 2016

Dear Addy, I’m a 50-year-old with hemophilia A, who’s right elbow has seen better days. I’m in the process of researching all my surgical options before making an appointment with my HTC. At this point in my life I’m really intrigued with an elbow replacement. Do you know of any other results throughout the community? […]

Dear Addy: Advocacy in Rural Communities

July 11, 2016

Dear Addy, I live in rural Wyoming and we do not have a hemophilia treatment center (HTC) in my state. How do I advocate for myself and better treatment at my local doctor鈥檚 office? Sincerely, Western Advocate ______________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Western, Whether you live in a rural or metro area without an HTC, or in a […]

Dear Addy: Legislative Day Participation and Follow-up

June 26, 2016

Dear Addy, I recently participated in a state legislative day and left feeling great about what we accomplished. How do I maintain this energy and continue to advocate for the issues I am concerned about? -Eager Advocate Dear Eager, Congratulations on participating in your state legislative day. This is an important way to advocate for […]

Dear Addy: National Safety Month

June 13, 2016

Dear Addy, My son is about to start summer vacation. While he is excited, I鈥檓 concerned about all of the activities he will be doing. It seems everything he enjoys involves risking a bleed. How do I monitor my child鈥檚 safety while allowing him to have fun this summer? Signed, Anxious About Summer Break Dear […]

Dear Addy: Pharmacy Choice

February 5, 2016

Dear Addy, Last year, my friend with hemophilia started working for a specialty pharmacy. Since then, he鈥檚 been pressuring me to switch from my current pharmacy to his. Initially, he was polite and nice, taking me to lunch and then dinner to ask for my business. Each time, I told him I am content with […]

Dear Addy: Why Are Medical Alert IDs Important?

January 15, 2016

Dear Addy, Several parents that I鈥檝e met at the HTC have recommended I should get my daughter a medical ID bracelet. Why is this so important? Are there resources available to help me get her one? Signed Inquiring About IDs Dear Inquiring, For patients with serious medical conditions like a bleeding disorder, it鈥檚 important that […]

Dear Addy: Do I Have a Bleeding Disorder?

December 21, 2015

Dear Addy, I鈥檓 a woman who bruises easily and has a heavy menstrual cycle. Does this mean I have a bleeding disorder? Signed, Possible Female Bleeder聽 Dear Possible Bleeder, This is a great question and one that HFA is hearing more frequently from women. Bleeding disorders can be dangerous if they are not treated. Women […]

Dear Addy: Inhibitors

November 23, 2015

Dear Addy, I’m taking my son in for his annual visit, and I saw that MASAC issued a statement about inhibitors. Should I have him checked for one? Signed, Learning All I Can Dear Learning, Inhibitors are antibodies that the immune system develops in response to a clotting factor product used to treat a person […]

Dear Addy: Biosimilars

November 9, 2015

Dear Addy, I keep hearing about biosimilars. What are they, and how do they differ from generic drugs? Sincerely, Curious About Products Hi Curious, Thanks for your question. A biosimilar is a pharmaceutical drug that is made to have similar active properties as a biological drug that has already been licensed. Biologics are really important […]

Dear Addy: Applying for Jobs

September 21, 2015

Dear Addy, I鈥檓 applying for jobs and am nervous that the marks on my arm from infusing will present awkward questions. What should I do? Signed, Marked Dear Marked, This is a valid fear. For people unfamiliar with the need to infuse medication verses swallow it, the marks on your arms left by multiple infusions […]

Dear Addy: Back to School 2015

September 4, 2015

Dear Addy, My daughter is about to start kindergarten. How should I go about telling the teachers and administrators at her school about her hemophilia?聽 I want them to know how best to respond to any incidents without treating her like a Faberge egg. Signed, Off to School鈥擭ow What?! Dear Off to School, Sending a […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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