For many people with cystic fibrosis and their families, financial burdens and insurance hassles are as much a part of living with the disease as nebulizers and vests.

As part of its commitment to helping people with CF live better today and at every stage of life, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation offers assistance through Compass. CF Foundation Compass is a personalized service that helps work through insurance, financial, legal and other issues. It’s free, confidential and available to everyone, including family members and CF care providers.

“Our Compass case managers are knowledgeable and have many years of experience with CF issues. We listen closely, explain thoroughly, connect you with other resources when needed and work through issues with you from start to finish,” reports Anne Willis, Director of Patient Access Programs at the CF Foundation.

Life with CF can be hard, time-consuming and expensive. A recent study by the CF Foundation showed that 80 percent of adults with CF worry about having the financial support they need to live with the disease. Nearly 75 percent worry about getting or keeping their health insurance. Plus, understanding and dealing with insurance requirements can take many hours out of days that are already full trying to manage therapies and other aspects of life with CF.

People reach out to Compass for help with everyday concerns, and they often need more support during times of change, such as receiving an initial diagnosis, aging out of a parent’s health insurance or going on disability.

The good news: No one has to tackle these complicated issues alone. Working with Compass can help people with CF and their families resolve issues so they have more time for treatments and all other aspects of life.

A dedicated CF Foundation Compass case manager is ready to work one-on-one with anyone who needs help. Contact them Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET by phone at 844-COMPASS (844-266-7277) or by email anytime at compass@cff.org. You also can learn more about Compass at CFF.org/compass.