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Word from Washington: HFA Joins Amicus Brief in Legal Challenge to Short-Term Health Insurance Rule

October 8, 2018

As we鈥檝e previously reported, several lawsuits are currently pending in federal courts concerning aspects of the Affordable Care Act. One lawsuit questions whether the ACA is still valid, despite the elimination of the individual mandate penalty; other cases take an opposite tack, challenging recent Administration actions and rulemakings as inconsistent with the ACA. Today, HFA […]

FDA Approves Genentech’s Hemlibra

October 4, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the entire press release here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hemlibra庐(emicizumab-kxwh) for routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults and children, ages newborn and older, […]

LA FDA APRUEBA HEMLIBRA聽DE GENENTECH

October 4, 2018

El siguiente es un comunicado de prensa proporcionado por Genentech.聽 LA FDA APRUEBA HEMLIBRA庐聽DE GENENTECH (EMICIZUMAB-KXWH) PARA LA HEMOFILIA A SIN INHIBIDORES DE FACTOR VIII 鈥 El primer medicamento que reduce considerablemente la hemorragia tratada en comparaci贸n con la previa profilaxis de factor VIII basada en una comparaci贸n intrapaciente 鈥 鈥 脷nico medicamento que puede […]

Dear Addy: Engaging in Research

October 1, 2018

Dear Addy, I watched a few of HFA鈥檚 PRIDE Project webinars. Can you explain to me how engaging in research will make me a better advocate? Signed, Curious about Research Dear Curious, It鈥檚 great to hear that you watched some of the PRIDE Project webinars, as those webinars provide an introduction to and basic training […]

Washington Wire: September 2018

September 28, 2018

Featured Stories: As November draws near, #DefendPreEx remains in the spotlight. We have written before about聽Texas v. United States, a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act鈥檚 protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. In September, the federal court with jurisdiction over the case held a hearing to consider the parties鈥 arguments. At issue […]

Infusing Love: A Busy First Week of School

September 26, 2018

My boys went back to school聽this past week, and while I’m not exactly a pro, I have done this before. My youngest, Myles started first grade while my oldest, Zachary, began fifth聽grade. The first week of school is exhausting, overwhelming, and frustrating.聽It won’t be a picnic for a child with a bleeding disorder and a […]

Dear Addy: Voter Information

September 17, 2018

Dear Addy, With the midterm election fast approaching, does HFA have any tools to assist voters? I鈥檇 like to see who the candidates are in my district and state and where they stand on access to healthcare for the bleeding disorders community. Signed, Informed Voter Dear Voter, This is a great and timely question with […]

Infusing Love: Daycare to Preschool

September 12, 2018

We鈥檝e been lucky enough to have Maddox home with us since he was diagnosed at 6 months old. My husband works nights, so he watches him during the day. We pulled him from daycare at 6 months because we were worried about other kids throwing things at him, and potentially him making the wrong move […]

Genentech Announces the Launch of New Safety Website

September 3, 2018

Genentech has announced a new web portal for patients and caregivers intended to provide timely and accurate information on targeted serious adverse events of interest for HEMLIBRA. Visit the safety website:聽http://www.emipatientinfo.com/. Earlier this year, Genentech launched a similar site specifically for health care providers. In announcing the launch, Genentech stated 鈥淭his website is meant to […]

Dear Addy: Inviting Legislators to Your Event

September 3, 2018

Dear Addy, My local organization is hosting a few events this fall and I鈥檇 like to invite our U.S. Representative to attend. How do I send them an invitation? Signed, Active Constituent Dear Constituent, This is a timely question, as mid-term elections are a few months away and members of the House of Representatives and […]

Phase III Results for Genentech’s Hemlibra Published in New England Journal of Medicine

August 31, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the press release in its entirety here.聽 Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that pivotal data from the Phase III HAVEN 3 study, which evaluated HEMLIBRA庐聽prophylaxis administered every week or every two weeks in adults and adolescents aged 12 years or […]

Bayer Receives FDA Approval for Jivi, New Hemophilia A Treatment With Step-Wise Prophylaxis Dosing Regimen

August 31, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Bayer. Read the press release in its entirety here.聽 Bayer announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Jivi庐 for the routine prophylactic treatment of hemophilia A in previously-treated adults and adolescents 12 years of age or older. The initial recommended prophylactic regimen […]

Washington Wire: August 2018

August 31, 2018

Featured Stories: HFA, along with other patient groups, continues to argue against restrictive Medicaid eligibility policies. HFA has written before about a new federal policy that allows states to cut off Medicaid coverage for adults who don鈥檛 meet state work requirements. The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has so far approved work requirements […]

Word from Washington: Association Health Plans Infographic

August 23, 2018

The Trump Administration issued a final rule on June 19, 2018 expanding association health plans. The rule鈥檚 stated aim is to 鈥渉elp Americans struggling to afford health coverage find new, more affordable options.鈥 You can read more about the rule聽here. HFA and many other patient advocacy groups think the final rule takes the wrong tack.聽Association […]

Dear Addy: Project CALLS Infographic

August 20, 2018

Dear Addy, I recently attended an event and learned about submitting issues with my insurance to HFA鈥檚 Project CALLS. However, I still have some questions about how CALLS works and what happens when I submit an issue. Can you explain the process? Signed, CALLS Quandary Dear Quandary, HFA created an infographic to answer this very […]

Infusing Love: Wings To Fly

August 15, 2018

Next week, my 15-year-old son with severe hemophilia A will go back to school. Normally at this point in the summer, I鈥檝e done my due diligence by asking for his teachers鈥 names, ensured his schedule doesn鈥檛 have him running all over campus, and asking for a meeting with the powers that be to teach them […]

Intern Introspective: That鈥檚 a Wrap for Alexandra and Catherine

August 10, 2018

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy and governmental relations interns to our D.C. office. Alexandra and Catherine 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, Alexandra and Catherine: […]

U.S. District Court in Delaware rules against Shire in preliminary injunction

August 8, 2018

On Aug. 7, 2018, the U.S. District Court in Delaware ruled against Shire in its request for a preliminary injunction against Roche AG from creating, transporting and marketing its recently-approved drug Hemlibra in the U.S., which received FDA approval to treat people with hemophilia A with inhibitors in 2017. This ruling means there are no […]

Dear Addy: Mental Health

August 6, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e heard friends in the bleeding disorders community speak about depression and other mental health concerns. I want to support them, but I鈥檓 not sure how to approach this sensitive topic. Can you offer guidance on how to have a conversation with friends about mental health? Signed, Caring Friend Dear Friend, Thank you […]

Word from Washington: New Rules on Short-term Insurance

August 2, 2018

New federal rules, released Aug. 1, roll back limits on short-term health plans. Short-term plans are primarily designed to bridge gaps in coverage that can occur, e.g., when an individual is transitioning between jobs. As such, these plans don鈥檛 have to meet Affordable Care Act standards. They can deny coverage and/or can charge higher premiums […]

HFA seeks historical materials to honor bleeding disorders in its 25th year

July 26, 2018

Hemophilia Federation of America will recognize 25 years serving the bleeding disorders community in 2019 with plans to display historical records at its annual symposium in San Diego. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is currently collecting archival-type material, such as vintage medical equipment, supplies, rally posters, journals, diaries, newsletters, documents, photographs and other items representing the […]

Intern Introspective: Experiencing a Plasma Collection Center

July 23, 2018

Last week, Alexandra and Catherine had the opportunity to tour Grifols鈥 plasma collection center in Frederick, Md. Centers like this collect plasma from donors and returns the red blood cells to the donor. The plasma that is collected then undergoes several levels of strict testing and is pooled and parted out to create many different […]

Dear Addy: Supporting Siblings

July 23, 2018

Dear Addy, I have a bleeding disorder and two siblings who are unaffected. My siblings often ask how they can help or what they can do to support me. How do I share with them what I鈥檓 feeling and how to best support me? I don鈥檛 want to burden them with my issues. Signed, Supportive […]

HFA and NHF Following Developments in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in Response to Magazine Article

July 20, 2018

  Many in our community have questions about a recent Slate magazine聽article聽that reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is reallocating money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to help defray costs of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement as a result of current immigration policy. The Ryan White Program, named for […]

Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Living healthy benefits body and mind

July 19, 2018

Healthy living is beneficial for the physical body, but it can also benefit our mental health. Proper wellness, combined with safe and effective exercise are particularly important for individuals living with bleeding disorders. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reminds us that mental health is a vital part of our overall health. Focusing on our […]

Infusing Love: A Phone Call Away

July 18, 2018

I recently had the opportunity of volunteering to be one of the nurses in the infusion center at the annual HFA symposium. I had the privilege of working with two amazing nurses that work in the hemophilia community. I quickly realized that they both had so much knowledge in the hemophilia world!聽 l learned so […]

HFA Research Seeks Input on Gene Therapy

July 18, 2018

The field of gene therapy is a hot topic of discussion. With multiple clinical trials ongoing, people with hemophilia are at the forefront of gene therapy research. Has anyone ever asked you about your thoughts and opinions about gene therapy? Here鈥檚 your chance to make them known! Hemophilia Federation of America Research is asking people […]

Dear Addy: August Recess

July 9, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檇 like to meet with my legislators at home during Congress鈥檚 August recess. How do I schedule a meeting? Signed, Recess Rockstar Dear Recess, August recess is a great time to meet with your federal legislators at home. Members of the House of Representatives will be on recess from July 27 through Sept. […]

Intern Introspective: The First Five Weeks

July 5, 2018

The halfway point of our Policy and Government Relations Internship program is an excellent time for Alexandra and Catherine to reflect on the first five weeks of their internship. In this blog post, Alexandra and Catherine break down what an average week looks like for them as HFA interns and they talk about what the […]

Dear Addy: Accumulator Adjuster Programs

June 25, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e seen HFA post information on accumulator adjuster聽programs, but I鈥檓 still a little unclear about what this means and how I could be affected. Does HFA have any other resources on accumulator adjuster聽programs? Signed, Deductible Detective Dear Detective, This is a great question, as accumulator adjuster programs (AAPs) are increasingly common in the […]


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