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2021 COVID-19 Survey Results

April 14, 2021

In early 2021, Hemophilia Federation of America surveyed members of the bleeding disorders community to gauge their response to the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey was conducted from January 22 to March 15, 2021. For the first half of this time frame, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were being administered; for the second half, the Johnson […]

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

April 8, 2021

Updates During this time of rapidly-changing news surrounding the COVID-19, HFA聽will publish information and resources about to assist our bleeding disorders community. Vaccinations HFA Financial Assistance Other Resources Fraud Alerts Medical, Industry and Product News  

Washington Wire: March 2021

March 31, 2021

COVID relief legislation makes health coverage more accessible and affordable On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law. This sweeping measure provides economic relief to individuals, families, businesses, schools, and state and local governments. The law offers new incentives for holdout states to expand their Medicaid programs […]

Washington Wire: February 2021

February 26, 2021

Responding to the ongoing pandemic, the federal government has opened a special enrollment period (SEP) in the Healthcare.gov insurance marketplaces. This enrollment opportunity will run from Feb. 15聽to May 15聽in the 36 states that use the Healthcare.gov enrollment platform (most of the remaining states have already announced that they, too, will open a new 2021 […]

Hemophilia Federation of America Survey Shows Impact of Pandemic on Bleeding Disorders Community

February 18, 2021

In the spring of 2020, the usual way of life for the entire nation changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. While Hemophilia Federation of America quickly responded by providing resources and information to the bleeding disorders community, the organization also wanted to better understand how the community was affected. HFA conducted an […]

Dear Addy: Vexxed about Vaccines

February 4, 2021

Hemophilia Federation of America is excited to now offer video responses to Dear Addy questions. We recently had a community member ask for guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine. Kimberly Ramseur, HFA鈥檚 Senior Policy Manager, provides some more information.

Washington Wire: January 2021

January 29, 2021

The 2021 federal health policy outlook started to come into sharper focus in early January, when runoff elections for both of Georgia鈥檚 Senate seats were decided. The election of Democratic Sens. Warnock and Ossoff means that the U.S. Senate is split 50-50 between the parties, with the Democrats holding the slimmest of majorities (Vice President […]

WFH Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance for People with Bleeding Disorders

December 22, 2020

The World Federation of Hemophilia, National Hemophilia Foundation and the聽European Haemophilia Consortium have announced COVID-19 vaccination guidance for people with bleeding disorders. The following is from a press release from WFH. Read the press release in its entirety here. People with bleeding disorders are not at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing a severe […]

Racing Against Time, Medical Researchers, Life Science Companies and COVID-19 Survivors Launch National Campaign to Drive Blood Plasma Donation

June 18, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a press release from CSL Behring. Read the press release in its entirety here. 鈥淭he Fight Is In Us鈥 Campaign Seeks to Mobilize COVID-19 Survivors to Accelerate the Development of Potentially Lifesaving Therapies A coalition of world-leading medical and research institutions, blood centers, life science companies, technology companies, philanthropic […]

Dear Addy: Cautious to Proceed

May 20, 2020

Dear Addy- I recently learned I am eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment or 鈥渟timulus check鈥. While I have not received any funds yet, I have received several voicemails stating that I am required by law to provide personal banking information, my social security number and pay a fee before I can receive any […]

Novo Nordisk Notice on COVID-19, Rebinyn庐 and Laboratory Assays

May 19, 2020

Novo Nordisk recently distributed a notice relevant to its product Rebinyn庐,聽raising awareness that one-stage clotting assay results can be significantly affected by the type of activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) reagent used, which can result in over or under-estimation of Factor IX activity. The notice which was addressed to HTCs, physicians and other healthcare providers, […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Seeking Assistance

April 20, 2020

Dear Addy- Like many others, I have been laid off of work due to COVID-19. I鈥檓 supposed to receive pandemic unemployment assistance through the CARES Act, but it鈥檚 not in my bank account yet and I have bills to pay. Can HFA鈥檚 Helping Hands program help? Signed, Need a Little Help From My Friends Dear […]

Genentech Notice on COVID-19, Hemlibra庐, and Laboratory Assays

April 16, 2020

Genentech recently distributed a notice relevant to its product Hemlibra庐, reminding health care providers that it is known to interfere with certain laboratory assays used to measure blood coagulation. These tests are often used for patients with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, and to diagnose and monitor individuals suffering from other conditions that affect coagulation […]

Word From Washington: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Supplement Security Income & Medicaid

April 14, 2020

HFA has received several questions regarding whether the enhanced unemployment benefits that the federal government provides during the聽national coronavirus emergency could adversely impact people who have Medicaid coverage by virtue of the fact that they receive disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. SSI recipients are allowed to work in limited situations.聽 If […]

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 […]

COVID-19 and Bleeding Disorders: Frequently Asked Questions

March 17, 2020

Many bleeding disorders community members are concerned about medical care, doctor visits, and how living with a bleeding disorder is being complicated by COVID-19. We address some of the most frequently asked questions: Q: We have an appointment scheduled with our HTC next week. Should we still go? A:聽All patients/caregivers should contact their HTC or […]

Grifols Update Regarding the Novel Coronavirus

March 16, 2020

The following is a statement provided by Grifols. “As the situation with the novel coronavirus rapidly evolves, we wanted to inform you that Grifols is taking measures in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) to help ensure the safety of our employees, donors, products, and the patient communities we serve. We have […]

Sanofi Looks to Leverage Previous SARS Vaccine Information to Develop COVID-19 Vaccine

March 16, 2020

The following is a response provided by Sanofi. “At Sanofi, we have a simple purpose 鈥 to discover breakthrough medicines and vaccines to improve the lives of millions of people around the world. This drive to transform the practice of medicine has taken on increased urgency for everyone in the Sanofi family since the emergence […]

CSL Behring Update COVID-19

March 13, 2020

CSL Behring has added a statement to their website regarding the measures the company is taking in the wake of the聽2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) outbreak.

El Simposio Anual de HFA ha Sido Pospuesto

March 13, 2020

A medida que la naci贸n contin煤a respondiendo al brote de COVID-19, hemos tomado la dif铆cil decisi贸n de posponer el Simposio. Esperamos anunciar una nueva fecha para fines de la pr贸xima semana. Si bien esper谩bamos que el COVID-19 no afectara este evento familiar querido, nuestra preocupaci贸n por la seguridad de nuestros asistentes, oradores y voluntarios, junto […]

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update #3

March 12, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that it is classing COVID-19 as a pandemic, and repeated its call for countries to take urgent and aggressive action to control the spread of the virus. Also on March 11, 2020, PPTA updated its statement on coronavirus and the safety of plasma protein therapies, noting […]

Bayer Statement on Availability of Factor VIII Products Amid 2019-nCoV (Novel Coronavirus)

March 5, 2020

Bayer has issued the following statement regarding the supply and availability of Bayer’s Factor VIII/Hemophilia A products in the wake of the聽2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) outbreak:

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update #2: MASAC Statement

March 5, 2020

On March 3, 2020, NHF鈥檚 Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MASAC) published a letter to the community regarding the evolving coronavirus outbreak. MASAC鈥檚 letter seeks to 鈥減rovide some interim guidance for the bleeding disorders community,鈥 directs people to the CDC website as a reliable source of information, and highlights some information regarding product supply and […]


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