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Intern Introspective: Tameelah’s Podcast

September 18, 2020

  As a part of the HFA Policy and Government Education internship, the interns are tasked with creating a final capstone project encompassing what they have learned, culminating in the creation of advocacy and policy programming that is aimed at a young adult audience. The capstone is fully intern-driven, from concept to execution, with support […]

Intern Introspective: Will’s Reflections

September 7, 2020

  By Will Hubbert As sad as it is to write, my time as an intern at HFA has come to an end. I鈥檝e loved my time here, so I want to use this last reflection as an opportunity to thank my mentors and recommend the program. HFA鈥檚 internship is a truly amazing experience, and […]

Dear Addy: Family Planner

July 21, 2020

Dear Addy, My high school sweetheart and I are in our senior year of college and recently began a conversation about life after school. Are there any resources for us to learn more about starting a family when you know you are a carrier or have a history of bleeding disorders in your family?聽 Signed, […]

Dear Addy: Avid Advocate

June 16, 2020

Dear Addy, Each year, I travel to Washington, D.C., and my state capitol to meet with my legislators and members of Congress to discuss issues that are most important to the bleeding disorders community. Due to COVID-19, I have heard that in-person visits are no longer viable options. How can I make sure my voice […]

Dear Addy: Excused School Absence

February 18, 2020

Dear Addy, My child wants to attend our state’s Advocacy Day, but she has a limited number of excused absences. I want her to learn how to advocate for herself and the bleeding disorders community, as well as to see democracy in action. Can you offer guidance for working with her school to allow the […]

Dear Addy: Reporting Insurance Issues

January 21, 2020

Dear Addy, I鈥檓 already experiencing issues with my health insurance, despite being less than a month into the new year. What resources does HFA have for reporting these issues? Signed, Frustrated Consumer Dear Frustrated, HFA understands your frustration and wants to hear from you. We strongly encourage you to reach out to HFA with stories […]

Dear Addy: Medicare Open Enrollment 2020

October 23, 2019

Dear Addy, I am a Medicare beneficiary weighing my plan options for 2020. What do I need to know about choosing a plan for the coming year? Medicare Beneficiary Dear Beneficiary, Every year Medicare open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. This is the time of year when you can decide to stay […]

Dear Addy: Public Charge Rule

September 16, 2019

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e seen HFA post on social media about changes to the public charge rule. What are the changes and how could they affect the bleeding disorders community? Signed, Concerned Advocate Dear Advocate, Para obtener informaci贸n en espa帽ol, haga clic aqu铆. Thanks for reaching out about this important and developing issue. As you may […]

Dear Addy: Off to College

August 19, 2019

Dear Addy, My family is active with our local bleeding disorders community, but now I am going to college in a different state. How do I find an organization near my school so I can remain involved as a community advocate in a new state and at the national level? Signed, Active Young Advocate Dear […]

Dear Addy: Back to School 2019

July 12, 2019

Dear Addy, My son has hemophilia and I鈥檓 nervous about his safety as he starts school this year. How can I advocate for him at school and make sure his bleeding disorder is understood? Signed, Nervous Nancy Dear Nervous, You are not alone 鈥 many families struggle with this experience! Taking a proactive approach to […]

Dear Addy: Virtual Hill Day

July 2, 2019

Dear Addy, I recently saw HFA post on Facebook about an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. I wasn鈥檛 able to participate on the day of the event; can I still get involved? Signed, Advocacy Amplified Dear Advocacy, Yes! The posts you saw were in conjunction with HFA鈥檚 annual Patient Fly-in and Virtual Hill Day on […]

Intern Introspective: Hitting the Ground Running

June 21, 2019

Earlier this month, HFA introduced you to Jasmin and Dylan, our summer Policy and Government Relations Interns. Jasmin and Dylan have been busy in D.C., attending congressional hearings and learning the ropes of working for a national nonprofit organization. During their second week, Jasmin and Dylan experienced first-hand the planning and execution of our sixth […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Raising Awareness

March 18, 2019

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e been sharing HFA鈥檚 Facts a Day about Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, but I want to do more. How can I help raise awareness about bleeding disorders? Signed, Ready to Activate Dear Ready to Activate, It鈥檚 wonderful to hear that you are motivated to help spread the word about bleeding disorders! As a […]

Dear Addy: Surprise Billing

January 21, 2019

  Dear Addy I鈥檝e heard the term 鈥渟urprise billing鈥 in the news recently and I鈥檓 concerned about how it could affect my family, especially if we have to go to the emergency room for a bleed and a provider is out-of-network. Can you share more on this issue and what we can do if it […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]


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