October 2020
Make A Plan To Vote.
The right to vote is one of this country's most important liberties and with election day just one month away - we want to provide you with the tools and resources that you need to make a plan to vote.
Update on the ACA from Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA)
The death of eminent Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18th brought renewed attention to the fate of the Affordable Care Act. As previously reported, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA (California v. Texas) is pending in the Supreme Court. Because Justice Ginsburg was considered a likely vote to uphold the ACA, in a divided court, her death gives rise to heightened concern over the possible outcome of the case. Here’s a refresher about the lawsuit, and a rundown of what we know for now.
2021 Open Enrollment Season is Almost Here!
by Lauren Dunn, MSW | VCU Hemophilia Social Worker

For many, the fall season offers the opportunity to review and make changes in healthcare coverage for 2021. Even if you’re happy with your current health insurance coverage, it’s a good idea to review your options each year during open enrollment to be aware of any changes coming for your current coverage or if there are new options available to you. Keep reading for more information on changes coming with Medicare and ACA plans in 2021.
Unite for Bleeding Disorders Walk Is Two Weeks Away!
Make plans to join your community in unity at our virtual Unite for Bleeding Disorders Walk on Saturday, October 10th at 11:00am! Our virtual walk program will include trivia and door prizes, a Best Team Spirit Contest, Top Team and Individual Fundraising announcements, and more! Make sure to go here to register your team and to be sure that you receive the most up to date day-of event details. Log-in information for the virtual program will be sent out the week of the walk!
Volunteer Spotlight: Monika Eiden
VHF is honored to recognize Board member and community member Monika Eiden, Global HR Director, AMF Bakery Systems, as our fourth and final nominee for the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award! Monika has been involved with VHF in a leadership role for eight years, and constantly finds new ways to contribute to the success of the organization with a strong focus on the needs of the community.

“My involvement with Virginia Hemophilia Foundation began in 2012 almost exactly 4 years after my brother Lukasz, who had severe Hemophilia A, died from a brain bleed (third in his lifetime). He was 23 years old. His death shattered my world and left a big hole in my heart. Once I went through all stages of grief, I wanted to do something meaningful to honor Lukasz’s memory and carry on his legacy. That is when I met Kelly Waters and VHF became a part of my life."
Upcoming Events - Join Us!
For the remainder of 2020 VHF programs will be virtual. Please note that this is not a complete calendar. Dates and details are subject to change. Visit our website at www.vahemophilia.org or call 804-740-8643 for more information.

10th - Unite for Bleeding Disorders Walk » Find out more

15th - Education Session “Understanding Gene Therapy...” » Find out more

20th - VHF/HACA Advocacy Committee Chat » Find out more

29th - Community Event – Halloween Cookie Decorating Class » Find out more

8th – VHF/HACA Men’s Retreat » Find out more

14th – VHF/HACA Advocacy Stakeholder & Education Meeting » Find out more

19th – Education Session “Balancing Emotional Wellness featuring Bullying” » Find out more

5th - Winter Gathering » Find out more

15th – Education Session “Mindfulness as a Path to Resilience” » Find out more