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Washington Wire: September 2020

September 30, 2020

Update on ACA lawsuit The death of eminent Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18th brought renewed attention to the fate of the Affordable Care Act. As previously reported, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA (California v. Texas) is pending in the Supreme Court. Because Justice Ginsburg was considered a likely […]

Washington Wire: August 2020

August 31, 2020

Policy and advocacy sessions sparked robust discussions at HFA鈥檚 recently concluded 2020 Symposium! Thank you to all who attended 鈥 it was wonderful to 鈥渟ee鈥 you at our virtual event. For those who couldn鈥檛 join us in real time, you can still view the recorded sessions on your own schedule for the next few months […]

Washington Wire: July 2020

July 31, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. Product recall announced On July 21, CSL Behring and Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced a聽recall聽of multiple lots of Stimate (desmopressin),聽in the United States and in other countries around the world. The recall was prompted by the manufacturer鈥檚 discovery of out-of-specification levels of the active ingredient in the marketed product. This聽announcement […]

Washington Wire: June 2020

June 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases rule paring back anti-discrimination provisions On June 12th, the HHS Office of Civil Rights released a final rule聽re-interpreting anti-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The new rule removes explicit patient protections against discrimination by health care providers and insurers. HFA joined with twenty-eight other patient and […]

Washington Wire: May 2020

May 28, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. Federal rule allows health plans to discount manufacturer copay assistance. On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule that affects individuals who rely on聽patient copay assistance programs. The HHS rule (the 鈥2021 Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters,鈥 or NBPP) allows […]

Washington Wire: Abril 2020

May 20, 2020

Durante el mes de abril, la emergencia de COVID-19 continu贸 dominando las vidas de los estadounidenses y las agendas de los legisladores. Estas son algunas de las novedades del mes. Un cuarto proyecto de ley de alivio de COVID se convirti贸 en ley el 24 de abril. R. 266 repone el Programa de Protecci贸n de […]

Washington Wire: April 2020

April 30, 2020

Over the month of April, the COVID-19 emergency continued to dominate Americans鈥 lives 鈥 and lawmakers鈥 agendas. Here are some of the month鈥檚 developments. A fourth COVID relief bill was signed into law on April 24th. R. 266 replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program (established in the March CARES Act but quickly depleted) with an additional […]

Washington Wire: Marzo 2020

April 22, 2020

COVID-19 cambi贸 la vida de pr谩cticamente todos en el transcurso del 煤ltimo mes, y parece probable que las interrupciones en el trabajo, la escuela, la atenci贸n m茅dica y la vida cotidiana en todo el pa铆s contin煤en por un tiempo m谩s. En medio de esta perturbaci贸n, HFA quiere asegurarle que continuaremos sirvi茅ndole y apoy谩ndole. Estamos trabajando […]

Washington Wire: March 2020

March 31, 2020

COVID-19 upended the lives of virtually everyone over the course of the last month 鈥 and it appears likely that nationwide disruptions to work, school, healthcare, and everyday life will continue for some time longer. Amidst this upheaval, HFA wants to reassure you that we will continue to serve and support you. We are working […]

Washington Wire: February 2020

February 28, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. Federal insurance rules proposed for 2021 Plan Year. Every year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes a federal rule (the 鈥淣otice of Benefits and Payment Parameters,鈥 or NBPP) to govern operations of the ACA marketplaces and ACA health plans for the coming year. The 2021 […]

Washington Wire: January 2020

January 31, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. HFA and NHF co-hosted a Safety Summit in Washington, D.C., over three days at the end of January. The summit was convened in recognition and response to community concerns arising from a series of drug safety reports in 2019. Those safety incidents rocked the hemophilia community 鈥 and […]

Washington Wire: December 2019

December 29, 2019

On December 18, 2019, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited ruling in Texas v. United States, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The 5th Circuit ruling upholds (in part) an earlier lower court decision that declared the ACA to be unconstitutional, due to Congress鈥 2017 enactment of […]

Washington Wire: November 2019

November 27, 2019

Open Enrollment for 2020 insurance plans ends soon 鈥 don鈥檛 miss out! The Open Enrollment Period聽for 2020 insurance plans ends soon for Medicare plans, for individual insurance plans (in most states), and for many employer health insurance programs. It is important to take action during this timeframe to assure you have health coverage for 2020. […]

Washington Wire: October 2019

October 31, 2019

Open Enrollment begins for 2020 insurance plans. The Open Enrollment Period聽is a time frame each year when health insurance plans聽are required by law to accept applications from聽new plan聽enrollees regardless of their health history. This also is the time when you can choose to stay with your existing health plan if it is the right one […]

Washington Wire: September 2019

September 30, 2019

The drug pricing debate聽in Washington resumed when Congress returned from its summer recess 鈥 though many observers question whether Congress will be able to pass legislation this year, due to policy disagreements between the majority and minority parties; the short period of time available before the 2020 elections; and the spillover effects of the impeachment […]

Washington Wire: August 2019

August 30, 2019

New rule causes concern over legal immigrants鈥 use of Medicaid and certain other public benefits En Espa帽ol Patient groups聽representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions voiced strong concern about a U.S. Department of Homeland Security final rule released on August 12, 2019. The new rule directs DHS to broadly expand the 鈥減ublic charge鈥 evaluation […]

August 30, 2019

UNA REGLA NUEVA CAUSA PREOCUPACI脫N SABRE EL USO DE MEDICAID Y CIERTOS OTROS BENEFICIOS P脷BLICOS POR INMIGRANTES LEGALES Grupos de pacientes que representan a millones de estadounidenses con condiciones de salud grave expresaron una gran preocupaci贸n por una reglamentaci贸n final emitida el pasado 12 de agosto de 2019 por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de […]

Washington Wire: July 2019

July 31, 2019

FEATURED STORIES Product recall announced; patient organizations are in ongoing communications with manufacturer Bayer announced the recall of two lots of Kogenate庐聽FS antihemophilic factor (recombinant) 2000 I.U. vials on July 19, 2019. Bayer announced that 3000 I.U. of one product (Jivi), past its expiration date, had been mislabeled as another product (2000 I.U. of Kogenate […]

Washington Wire: June 2019

June 28, 2019

Featured Stories: HFA held a Patient Fly-in and Virtual Hill Day聽on June 10, 2019. Twenty-four community members from 14 different states came to Washington, D.C. to tell their lawmakers about living with bleeding disorders 鈥 and to explain what people in our community need in terms of quality, affordable health coverage. Fly-in participants also urged […]

Washington Wire: May 2019

May 30, 2019

Featured Story: CMS decides against allowing Medicare plans to limit coverage of 鈥減rotected class鈥 drugs. This past month brought some welcome news from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. On May 16, CMS released a final rule on drug pricing in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs. In that final rule, […]

Washington Wire: April 2019

April 30, 2019

Featured Story: Some relief ahead from accumulator adjusters. Finally some good news regarding accumulator adjusters! Patient advocates, including HFA, have been warning lawmakers that accumulator adjuster programs threaten access to care for people with chronic health conditions. In recent weeks, state and federal lawmakers signaled they have heard this message and took steps to rein […]

Washington Wire: March 2019

March 29, 2019

Protections for people with pre-existing conditions. You may recall that last December, a federal district court ruled in Texas v. United Statesthat the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. This ruling, if upheld, would: eliminate important protections for people with pre-existing conditions; end the ACA鈥檚 Medicaid expansion; abolish the requirement that health plans […]

Washington Wire: February 2019

February 28, 2019

Featured Story: State Legislative Sessions Pick Up Steam In last month鈥檚 edition of the Washington Wire, we wrote about steps some states are taking with respect to their Medicaid programs. Here is a brief update on some of the Medicaid-related developments that have happened since then. Utah: the state legislature and Governor acted to override […]

Washington Wire: January 2019

January 31, 2019

FEATURED STORY What to Watch in the States in 2019 鈥 State Medicaid Trends Legislative sessions have begun in all but four states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Nevada begin sessions in the months ahead).聽 As lawmakers begin to tackle the numerous issues they need to address in the coming months, let鈥檚 look at what to […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Washington Wire: July 2018

July 31, 2018

Featured Stories: HFA joined with other patient groups, including many other bleeding disorders groups, in calling on the US government to restore federal funding for ACA navigators. On July 10, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will further reduce funding for navigators. (Navigators are individuals or organizations that are trained […]


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