Hemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD) are not well-known outside the bleeding disorders community. But thanks to the spotlight on these disorders from several media, film and television luminaries, that is changing.
Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year health roadmap, includes a “Blood Disorders and Blood Safety” section for the first time. Goals include increasing von Willebrand disease diagnosis and reducing hemophilia joint problems.
Some important provisions of the healthcare reform are now in effect, including elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions for children, and the ability for dependents to stay on their parents' plan up to age 26.