Know Your Legal Rights

Many people with cystic fibrosis and their families have questions about their rights as an individual living with a disease. 

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funds the CF Legal Information Hotline®, a resource that provides free information about the laws that protect your rights as a person with CF. The experts at the CF Legal Information Hotline® can speak with you about the following legal areas:

Health Insurance

  • What insurance companies can and can't do
  • Extending health insurance coverage under COBRA

Disability and Government Benefits


  • Employment issues for people with CF, including protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Unpaid time off from work under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)


  • School laws to assist children with CF in public elementary and secondary schools through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Protections for students in elementary school through college and beyond under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

The CF Legal Information Hotline® is an information resource only. The hotline does not provide legal advice or representation for callers. All calls are confidential. If you would like a referral, contact CF Foundation Compass.

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