In an online survey of more than 1,500 people with CF and their families, 45 percent said they worried about insurance companies not covering specific medications - a 6 percent increase from 2013.
The annual study, sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, gathers information on health coverage,
The vast majority of people with CF have at least one form of insurance, but nearly a quarter still say they have delayed getting medical care or skipped treatment because they worried about the costs. Additionally, the number of individuals with annual prescription deductibles of $500 or more has increased by 17 percent since 2009.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will continue to educate and engage both private and public insurers in collaboration with CF researchers and health care providers to help people with CF get access to approved CF therapies.
The Foundation also offers services and resources to help people with CF and their families navigate insurance and coverage challenges through its Patient Assistance Resource Center (PARC).
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