Learn about cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs, and how to treat and live with this chronic disease.
CF is a rare genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S. If you have CF or are considering testing for it, knowing about the role of genetics in CF can help you make informed decisions about your health care.
If you or your child has just been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, or your doctor has recommended testing for CF, you may have many questions.
Diagnosing CF is a multistep process. A complete diagnostic evaluation should include a newborn screening, a sweat chloride test, a genetic or carrier test, and a clinical evaluation at a CF Foundation-accredited care center.
Raising a child with cystic fibrosis can bring up many questions because CF affects many aspects of your child’s life. Here you’ll find resources to help you manage your child’s daily needs and find the best possible CF care.
Living with cystic fibrosis comes with many challenges, including medical, social, and financial. By learning more about how you can manage your disease every day, you can ultimately help find a balance between your busy lifestyle and your CF care.
People with CF are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. As an adult with CF, you may reach key milestones you might not have considered. Planning for these life events requires careful thought as you make decisions that may impact your life.
People with cystic fibrosis are living longer and more fulfilling lives, thanks in part to specialized CF care and a range of treatment options.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers provide expert care and specialized disease management to people living with cystic fibrosis.
We provide funding for and accredit more than 120 care centers and 53 affiliate programs nationwide. The high quality of specialized care available throughout the care center network has led to the improved length and quality of life for people with CF.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation provides standard care guidelines based on the latest research, medical evidence, and consultation with experts on best practices.
As a clinician, you’re critical in helping people with CF maintain their quality of life. We’re committed to helping you partner with patients and their families by providing resources you can use to improve and continue to provide high-quality care.
As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission to help improve the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis, the PSDC initiative taps the CF community to inform key efforts to support the management of daily care.
Your cystic fibrosis care team includes a group of CF health care professionals who partner with you to provide specialized, comprehensive CF care.
Many people living with cystic fibrosis and their families face complicated issues related to getting the care they need. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Compass makes sure that no one has to do it alone.
CF Foundation Compass is a service that helps people with CF and their families with navigating insurance options, connecting to legal information and experts, finding available financial resources, and tackling other life issues.
CF care team members are paramount in providing highly specialized care to people living with CF. CF Foundation Compass can help by serving as a strategic ally for care teams, so team members can focus on their patients’ care.
CF Foundation Compass can help you navigate insurance, financial, legal, and other issues you are facing. Use this online form to start your conversation with a Compass case manager today.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF and supports a broad range of research initiatives to tackle the disease from all angles.
The CF Foundation offers a number of resources for learning about clinical trials and treatments that are being developed to improve the treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Our understanding of CF continues to evolve as scientists study what causes the disease and how it affects the body. These insights drive the development of new and better treatments and bring us one step closer to a cure.
Researchers, supported by the CF Foundation, have made tremendous advances to improve the health and quality of life of people with CF. We are committed to providing the tools and resources you need to continuously build upon this work.
Although the eligibility requirements for Medicaid differ by state, some general factors that will always qualify you for coverage. By understanding what the rules are, you can ensure you receive the best available coverage.
Although the exact rules for Medicaid eligibility vary by state, individuals must generally meet at least one of the following criteria to qualify for Medicaid:
However, in states that have chosen to expand their Medicaid programs, all individuals with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) will qualify for coverage. Some states offer Medicaid coverage to individuals with a higher income
Department of Health & Human Services* For Alaska and Hawaii, see
the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
The general qualifications for Medicaid are:
Federal law requires states to cover certain groups of people (mandatory eligibility groups) based on factors such as income level, age, and pregnancy status. However, the federal government also gives states the flexibility to cover other population
groups (optional eligibility groups) and expand Medicaid coverage to people with higher income levels.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
The first step in applying for Medicaid is to get an application from your state Medicaid office, apply online at
healthcare.gov, or at your state Medicaid website. Keep in mind that healthcare.gov will
forward your application to your state's Medicaid office. If you would also like to apply for other state benefits (such as food stamps) at the same time, it is recommended that you apply directly through the state's Medicaid website or at a local
Before you apply, you will need to gather all necessary information, documents, and forms. Your state may require proof of:
Because Medicaid eligibility differs by state, you may want to connect with your local Medicaid office, your cystic fibrosis care team or a team member at CF Foundation Compass to
ensure you are meeting the proper requirements for a successful application. Including all necessary information in your application is key to getting the coverage you need.
If you have questions about Medicaid or the application process, connect CF Foundation Compass at 844-COMPASS (844-266-7277) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.
until 7 p.m. ET, or email
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