November 2020
VHF Is Here To Help.
During this challenging time we would like for you to know that we are here for the bleeding disorders community, visit our website to learn more about VHF services. Below you will find information on community resources and opportunities for education and connection. If you need anything or have any questions or concerns please reach out 804-740-8643
Colburn-Keenan Foundation Emergency Assistance Grant Program
Colburn-Keenan Foundation’s (CKF) charitable giving program provides assistance to individuals and families impacted by inherited bleeding disorders. Here are current opportunities for support:

  • Individual Financial Assistance Grant - Individuals and families can apply to CKF for financial assistance, up to $2,000, to meet urgent needs. Go here to learn more.
  • Emergency Assistance Grant - Individuals and families can apply to CKF for financial assistance, up to $500, to cover an unexpected bill such as a car repair, appliance repair, high electric bill, etc. Go here to download application.
Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) Resources
In the upcoming days, weeks and months ahead you may have questions or concerns that relate to access to healthcare, financial assistance, mental health resources, etc. so we would like to remind you of some of the helpful resources available through HFA:

  • The HFA COVID-19 Relief Fund program is for households whose financial need is primarily due to COVID-19.
  • See the Disaster Relief page if you are currently impacted by a natural disaster.
  • Consult the Patient Assistance Portal for additional financial assistance, insurance, medication, and mental health resources.
  • Helping Forward empowers community members to move forward from crisis into a sustainable future through career planning and financial management.
  • There are a multitude of policy issues facing the bleeding disorders community. Be informed and learn more about issues such as accumulator adjuster programs, protections for pre-existing conditions, step therapy, and more. Go here to get connected.
National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) Friday Webinar Series
We all want an end to this global pandemic, and an effective vaccine is a critical part of finding that path. However, there are many unanswered questions on the effectiveness of the vaccine, how it will be distributed, and who will have access to it. Join NHF this Friday, November 6th at 4:00pm to discuss COVID-19 Vaccines: What to Expect, with NHF President and CEO Leonard A. Valentino, MD. Go here to read NHF's Health and Wellness Update filled with resources to help guide your informed decision making in regard to COVID-19.
Dates And Deadlines For 2021 Health Insurance
Open enrollment is the period each year when health insurance plans or HMOs (health maintenance organizations) accept applications from new plan enrollees regardless of their health history. This also is the time when you can choose to stay with your existing health plan for the coming year if it still meets your needs.
  • If you get insurance through your job make sure to check and find out when your company’s open enrollment period begins and ends.
  • If you get your health insurance through the ACA Marketplace, please note that the 2021 open enrollment period will run only from November 1, 2020, to December 15, 2020. 
  • For people with Medicare coverage, open enrollment runs from October 15 – December 7, annually. The open enrollment period for Medicaid is 365 days a year, available to those who need it, whenever that occurs.
Unite For Bleeding Disorders Walk Was A Big Success
The VHF community came together on October 10th in support of our first-ever virtual Unite for Bleeding Disorders Walk – thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this event! Whether you fundraised, donated, secured a sponsorship or simply shared the event with your friends and family, your hard work paid off and made a BIG impact. Together with sponsorship and anticipated matching gifts, you raised an amazing $31,253 - we are so grateful! Each donation made will stay local to VHF and go to programs such as year-round advocacy efforts, tailored educational events, and scholarships for community members. THANK YOU!
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 or call 804-740-8643 for more information.


6th - Education Session: 10 Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Academic Success During COVID-19 » 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