The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Public Policy Agenda 2014
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for people with the disease. We accomplish this by funding lifesaving research and working to improve access to quality care and effective therapies for people with CF.
Through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s efforts, people with CF are living longer than ever before, yet more needs to be done to help extend the lives of those with the disease.
Federal and state governments play a vital role in CF research, drug development and the ability of people with CF to access care centers and therapies. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation urges federal and state elected officials to join us in our efforts to add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis.
Advance CF Research & Development
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for new treatments and a cure for cystic fibrosis. Extraordinary progress has been made, with a robust pipeline of potential therapies aimed at targeting the disease from every angle.
Although we’ve made great strides in the search for new treatments and a cure, the lives of young people with cystic fibrosis are still cut far too short. Support for federally funded research and drug review programs can help extend the lives of those with the disease.
Strengthen the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an essential role in CF drug development, evaluating potential treatments and ensuring that they are safe and effective. The CF Foundation’s priorities are to:
Support the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency, supports innovative cystic fibrosis research that gets us closer to new therapies and the cures of tomorrow. The CF Foundation works to:
Promote Access to Specialized CF Care and Assistance Programs
At the core of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to help ensure that all people with CF have access to high quality, specialized CF care and treatments to live longer, healthier lives. As breakthrough new treatments emerge from the CF drug development pipeline, coverage for these essential treatments and access to accredited care centers is vital.
Preserve Federal Health Care Provisions
The CF Foundation calls upon state and federal decision-makers to provide access to specialized CF treatments and care centers by:
Protect Medicaid, Medicare and other State and Federal Programs
The CF Foundation encourages elected officials to make certain Medicaid, Medicare and state health programs provide vital resources and comprehensive coverage for the specialized, quality care and treatments people with CF need. The Foundation works to:
Raise CF Awareness
Real progress toward a cure for cystic fibrosis has been made, but there is still more to be done. We need the support of elected officials in Washington and in state capitols throughout the nation to fulfill our mission and help extend the lives of those with the disease.
Educate Elected Officials About CF and How They Can Help
Elected officials play a key role in supporting the CF community. The CF Foundation:
How do I become a CF Advocate?
Advocating for CF is easy — from sending a quick message to your elected officials to attending a meeting with your member of Congress, there are many ways to get involved. Here’s how to get started: