Members of the bleeding and clotting disorders community from across the country will convene in Washington, DC, from March 7 – 9, 2007 for the National Hemophilia Foundation’s (NHF) Annual “Washington Days.” This event provides an opportunity for NHF to acquaint the new leaders and members of Congress with issues that concern our community. The program will consist of discussion, training and face-to-face meetings with legislators and their staff.
One key issue this year will be the passage of the Medigap Access Improvement Act, which will be introduced in the new Congress. The legislation is designed to address the problem of the 20% Medicare co-payment, which gained traction when it was presented to legislators during NHF’s Washington Days 2006. Other “access to care” issues will also be discussed.
The program will begin with a grassroots training session Wednesday evening, followed by a reception. Thursday will include a full day of face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and staff to share personal stories and ask for support. On Friday morning, a workshop will be conducted to discuss issues occurring at the state level. Participants will be given the tools they need to help local activists track and respond to issues.
For more information on NHF’s Washington Days, or to register, please click here.