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Archives for: February 18th, 2021

NORD Supports California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s Nomination as Next Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Written by Heidi Ross on February 18, 2021

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD®) is pleased to support California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s nomination as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rare disease patients rely on close collaboration between HHS and numerous agencies under its purview, including the Food and… Read More

The End of Surprise Medical Billing: NORD Applauds Bipartisan Progress to Protect Millions of Rare Disease Patients from Unexpected and Financially Crippling Medical Expenses

Written by Rose Gallagher on December 22, 2020

After more than a year of negotiations in Congress and advocacy from NORD and patient coalition partners, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have passed legislation to protect patients from surprise medical billing. This is a major win for rare disease patients and their families that will help protect them from… Read More

NORD Issues Report on Ensuring Access to Telehealth for Rare Diseases

Written by Jennifer Huron on October 15, 2020

For those in the rare community, one of the few positives that have come from the global COVID-19 pandemic has been the wider availability of telehealth services. Through surveys, virtual discussion groups and direct advocacy efforts, NORD has continued to track rare patients’ and caregivers’ use of and experience with… Read More

The NORD Policy Team Wants to Hear About Your COVID-19 Telehealth Experience

Written by Valaree DonFrancesco on July 6, 2020

During the pandemic, many rare disease patients have been diligent about staying home as social distancing continues to be critical to minimize the spread of the coronavirus; as a result, many patients have switched to receiving ongoing care through telehealth. Telehealth is generally described as a virtual communication used to… Read More

NORD Joins 400+ Groups to Prevent Discrimination During COVID-19 Triaging

Written by Valaree DonFrancesco on April 24, 2020

Between 25 and 30 million Americans have a rare disease, many of whom are disproportionately at risk of getting sick from COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to older adults, people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions… Read More