Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program

Keystone First members with COPD can join a special program to help them manage their condition. Call 1-800-573-4100 (TTY 711) or visit the member portal today to join the COPD program.

What can the COPD program do for me?

The COPD Program can help you:

  • Understand what COPD is.
  • Make a self-management plan.
  • Understand and manage your daily medications.
  • Learn the early warning signs of a COPD flare-up.

What is COPD?1

COPD is a lung disease that damages one or both of your lungs. When you have COPD, the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs are partly closed. This makes it hard to breathe.

COPD develops slowly, so it may take years before you see one of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath, especially with physical activity
  • Continuous cough, especially if there is a lot of mucus or phlegm
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)

Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. If you would like to quit smoking, please call the PA Quit Line at 1-877-724-1090. Talk to your doctor about medicines that can help you quit.

Join the COPD program today.

To join the COPD program, please call 1-800-573-4100 (TTY 711).

Or, you can log in to the member portal and go to Enroll in a Special Program.


If you are a part of but no longer want to be in the COPD program, call 1-800-573-4100 (TTY 711). Leaving the program will not change your benefits. It will also not change the way Keystone First or the Department of Human Services (DHS) treats you.

1.“COPD,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute,