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Infusing Love: Rocking with Hemophilia

January 16, 2019

When Thomas was much younger, we spent a lot of time in the hospital and as all moms know, keeping a toddler entertained for hours is challenging. I don鈥檛 think of him or myself as ancient, but this was pre-tablet days; I would actually haul a portable DVD player and a boxed set of Spiderman […]

Infusing Love: Thanks, But Not Now

January 2, 2019

HFA does not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific products, treatments, or opinions. Please consult your physician before use of any treatments. We recently had Jackson鈥檚 six-month comprehensive visit at the hematologist. A comprehensive visit is an appointment in which many bleeding disorders specialists meet with […]

Washington Wire: December 2018

December 27, 2018

Featured Story: Federal court rules that the ACA is unconstitutional: Texas v. Azar On Friday, Dec. 14, we learned a federal judge had ruled in the case of Texas v. Azar聽that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. This news has alarmed many. HFA staff posted a number of updates to tell the […]

Infusing Love: How Do You Measure

December 27, 2018

鈥525,600 minutes鈥525,000 moments so dear.鈥澛 Just like the song from the musical 鈥淩ent,鈥 those 525,600 minutes go so quickly, and you feel as though in a blink of an eye the year is gone. As we see the finish line of another year, I can鈥檛 help but look back at 2018 with mixed emotions. For […]

Dear Addy: Advocacy Leadership Council

December 24, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檓 the parent of a hemophiliac and I鈥檇 like to become more involved in advocacy work to support my child and the bleeding disorders community at-large. Does HFA have any advocacy programming available for parents? Signed, Active Advocate 聽 Dear Advocate, Yes! HFA recently announced the creation of a new Advocacy Leadership Council. […]

Word From Washington: Partial Federal Government Shutdown

December 22, 2018

Congress and the President failed to reach agreement on a government spending bill before the deadline of December 21, 2018. As a result, number of U.S. government agencies have halted work and will remain shut down until a deal is reached. In contrast to some earlier budget standoffs, though, this time approximately 戮 of the […]

Word From Washington: December 14, 2018 Ruling in TX V. Azar, Update #2

December 17, 2018

Last Friday evening, we learned that a federal judge had ruled in the case of Texas v. Azar聽that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. This news has alarmed many. HFA staff want to update you on what we know at this point. First and foremost, please be aware that this ruling does […]

Word From Washington: December 14, 2018 Ruling in TX v. Azar

December 14, 2018

HFA learned late Friday night that a federal court has struck down the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. You can find an explanation of聽the lawsuit (Texas v. Azar) here and can read a description of the latest ruling here. HFA is studying the ruling and will post a more detailed update soon. In the […]

Dear Addy: Learning Central

December 10, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e heard about HFA鈥檚 new Learning Central, but I鈥檓 not sure how to find it and the benefits of using it. Can you provide more information? Signed, Lifelong Learner Dear Learner, HFA鈥檚 Learning Central is part of the HFA Institute, a new e-learning initiative designed for the bleeding disorders community. The HFA Institute […]

Washington Wire: November 2018

November 30, 2018

Featured stories: Healthcare was a driving issue for many voters in the 2018 mid-term elections. The results of the 2018 election are in and we now know that the 116th聽Congress will be a divided Congress 鈥 聽a Republican Senate and a Democratic House. Will the new Congress do anything to impact access to meaningful healthcare? […]

Infusing Love: It Could Have Been Worse

November 29, 2018

On Liam鈥檚 first day of kindergarten in late August, we brought him to school with a mix of pride, fear, excitement, and tears. Okay, I was the only one who shed the tears, but we were all ready for this big day to arrive.聽 Though I was nervous, I had spent a lot of time […]

Dear Addy: New Legislator

November 26, 2018

Dear Addy, My district elected a new member of Congress in the mid-term election and I鈥檇 like to start building a relationship with them. How can I connect with my legislator as they prepare to take office? Signed, Proactive Advocate Dear Proactive, It鈥檚 never too early to start building a relationship with your new legislator. […]

Mental Health Awareness Campaign: National Caregivers Month

November 21, 2018

  November, is National Caregivers Month. It鈥檚 the one day a year, set aside to acknowledge those who volunteer to care for family members, friends and neighbors who are managing health challenges and other disabilities. Not all superheroes wear capes. Some are managing medications, organizing medical records, scheduling doctor鈥檚 appointments and some superheroes are just […]

Infusing Love: Thankful for Pain

November 21, 2018

My first baby was also my first baby with a bleeding disorder. My husband and I did not know this while he grew inside of my body. So instead of learning about factor products, ports, or how to keep him bleed free, I read about natural childbirth, how to make my own baby food, what […]

Dear Addy: Framing Your Story

November 13, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檇 like to be more involved in my local organization鈥檚 advocacy work in the new year, but I have a hard time coming up with the right words to get my point across. Does HFA have any resources for storytelling for advocacy? Signed, In Need of Instruction Dear Instruction, You came to the […]

Genentech to Present New Data at the American Society of Hematology 2018 Annual Meeting

November 7, 2018

  The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the press release in its entirety here. Genentech has announced new data that will be presented at this year’s annual American Society of Hematology meeting held in San Diego from Dec. 1-4. Ten聽Genentech聽medicines will be featured in more than 70 abstracts, including […]

Washington Wire: October 2018

October 30, 2018

Featured stories: New HHS policy could diminish protections for people who depend on quality, affordable health insurance. On Oct. 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new guidance spelling out how states can win approval to waive various Affordable Care Act requirements. This arcane new policy could seriously impact protections for patients […]

Dear Addy: 2019 Open Enrollment Period

October 29, 2018

Dear Addy, I know that the Open Enrollment Period for health insurance is right around the corner. As a person with a bleeding disorder, what should I look for in an insurance plan? Signed, Savvy Subscriber Dear Subscriber, The聽Open Enrollment Period is a time frame each year when health insurance plans or聽HMOs (health maintenance organizations)聽are […]

Infusing Love: There鈥檚 No Quitting

October 26, 2018

About a year or so ago, I thought it would be a great idea for HFA to apply to be a Charity Partner for the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C.聽 When we were selected, I was beyond excited.聽 Running a marathon was on my bucket list.聽 I know, really clich茅, but true.聽 It was […]

Mental Health Awareness Campaign: How to Get Started

October 18, 2018

  You have decided to take the first step toward mental health care, but how do you get started? Luckily you have options and many people around who are eager to help. Most times, the initial step of reaching out are with the individuals and groups that you most trust, such as family, friends, physician, […]

Dear Addy: Medicare Open Enrollment

October 15, 2018

Dear Addy, I recently enrolled in Medicare and I got a notice that open enrollment for 2019 is coming up. What do I need to know about choosing my plan for the coming year? Signed, Medicare Madness Dear Medicare Madness, You are right: Medicare open enrollment for 2019 is fast approaching! The open enrollment period […]

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 […]


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