Keep up-to-date on insurance changes
It’s a good idea to review your insurance coverage every year.
In the fall, there are many opportunities to do so.
- Understand the basics: Health insurance can be tricky. You might want to check out the Insurance 101 resource to understand the options available to you
- Don’t miss open enrollment: In the fall, most companies have an open enrollment period. During this time, you are able to change your employee insurance coverage for the following year. Many insurance companies have tools to help you determine which plan is best for you. Be sure your healthcare providers participate in the plans you are looking at
- Get coverage: If you are under 26 and don’t have health insurance, it may be possible for you to be included on your parents’ plan. If you are older than 26, check out the Healthcare Marketplace or the health insurance program run by your state. If you have limited resources, you may be eligible for Medicaid. Also, because of your condition, you may also be eligible for Medicare
Fall into fitness
Did your fitness routine take a summer vacation? Now is a good time to get back on track.
- Take it outside: When the weather is cooler, you might be more comfortable exercising outdoors. If you have seasonal allergies, be sure to check the National Allergy Bureau for pollen counts
- Mix it up: If you are tired of your old routine, there are plenty of instructional videos for exercises on the internet. Before starting any, be sure to check with your healthcare provider
No matter how far you and your loved one have come with cystic fibrosis (CF), the road ahead can bring new twists and turns—and a lot of questions. Visit Caregiver Corner for a road map of Life Transitions, as well as caregiver tips.