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Federal Advocacy Update

The January 19th win of the Massachusetts senate seat, previously held by the late Ted Kennedy, by Senator-Elect Scott Brown has given Senate Republicans their 41st member, which is enough to sustain a filibuster.  This has imperiled the final passage of comprehensive health reform in 2010.  The House and Senate passed their health reform bills in late 2009. Since then Congressional leaders have been working to reconcile the differences between the bills so that one final bill could be passed by each chamber and sent to President Obama for his signature.  While the outlook for passage is very unclear, Congressional leaders and the White House say that they will not abandon health reform and will continue to work for its passage. 

NHF is actively monitoring the situation and continues to advocate on behalf of the bleeding disorders community. Click here to see the letter that NHF sent to Congressional leaders on our priorities for the final health reform bill.

People affected by bleeding disorders cannot wait for access to adequate, affordable insurance, so it is crucial that Congress continues to work to pass health reform this year.  Please contact your Senators and your Representatives to urge them to continue working on health reform, and to support the elimination of lifetime and annual caps in the final bill.


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