The Hemophilia Foundation of Upstate New York is a voice for people with bleeding disorders in both the public and private arenas. We believe that patient advocacy and support is just as important as medical treatment. In this spirit, we have been very active in representing the bleeding disorders community to federal and state officials along with private and corporate foundations and the media. Educating all empowered institutions about our challenges and needs gives the bleeding disorders community a much needed voice of advocacy.
We are a member of the New York State Bleeding Disorders Coalition which unites many of the various bleeding disorders groups across the State into one unified and organized voice representing our issues, needs and concerns at the State level.
Every year HFUNY participates in two important legislative initiatives. We attend the National Hemophilia Foundation’s annual “Washington Day” which brings together groups from across the country to advocate for policies and legislation at the federal level that are important to the bleeding disorders community and educate legislators about bleeding disorders. At the State level we (as a member of the New York State Bleeding Disorders Coalition) attend an annual “Albany Day” with the same goals.
Beyond government advocacy, we also individually advocate on behalf of patients. We help patients and families navigate complex, ever-changing healthcare landscapes. Whether it’s working with commercial insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, we can provide expert advice and support to help ensure that patients maintain appropriate coverage for their chronic health conditions.
Successful advocacy relies on the people who are affected or involved telling their stories to those in power. It is important that everyone in the bleeding disorders community feels confident that they can be part of the efforts to advocate for and improve the lives of those in that community. The Hemophilia Foundation of Upstate New York strongly encourages all of our patients and families to be part of this effort and we provide guidance and resources to do so. Please contact us directly to ask how you can become involved.
Links & Resources:
Find your Federal Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Find your Federal Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Find your State Assembly Member: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/
Find your State Senator: http://www.nysenate.gov/
National Hemophilia Foundation Advocacy: https://www.hemophilia.org/Advocacy-Healthcare-Coverage
New York State Bleeding Disorders Coalition: http://nysbdcoalition.org/index.php
Hemophilia Federation of America Advocacy: http://www.hemophiliafed.org/advocacy/