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Unwrapping ObamaCare: Medicaid Expansion

August 13, 2013

Ready or not, ObamaCare is coming, and it's going to help a lot of people obtain health care coverage, especially those who earn low wages and live with HIV/AIDS. Perhaps the greatest resource for these individuals and millions of others is Medicaid. Many states are expanding their Medicaid programs to cover more people, and they're making this form of public health...
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Fly with Us: Your Health Care Reform Passport

August 6, 2013

If it seems like we’re posting a lot of information about health care reform (often referred to as ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act), it’s because we are. Reforming a nation’s health care system is complex and will affect a lot of people living with HIV — but it doesn’t have to be scary. AFC has designed a great tool to ensure that your journey to affordable...
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Unwrapping ObamaCare: Who, What, When, & Why

July 22, 2013

Reforming a nation’s health care system is complex and affects a lot of people—but it doesn’t have to be scary. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is launching a new podcast series called Unwrapping ObamaCare , where we dig the most important pieces out of the law and present them in a short, easy-to-understand way. Though we focus much of the conversation...
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Understanding HIV Health Reform and Youth

July 19, 2013

There seems to be a lot of pressure on people to understand the new health reform law—and for good reason. It goes into effect on January 1, 2014. But understanding has never been so daunting. For starters, what do we even call our new health care system? When newscasters talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are they also referring to ObamaCare? How will the new...
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Mapping Pathways: Approaches to Preventing HIV

July 15, 2013

Mapping Pathways recently released a landmark report that urges local communities to prevent HIV by considering strategic use of antiretroviral drugs. That can be a confusing statement, so let’s unpack it. Antiretrovirals (ARVs) are medications used to treat HIV; however, doctors can also prescribe them to prevent HIV. When people take ARVs before they...
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AFC Receives ADAP Community Organization of the Year Award

July 9, 2013

The ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) honored the AIDS Foundation of Chicago with its Community Organization of the Year Award on July 8. Here’s our acceptance video. ADAP is short for AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides financial resources for people with low incomes, so they can afford HIV medications...
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A Supreme Q&A with AIDS Legal Council's Ann Fisher

July 2, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has recessed for the summer, but not before making major headlines in the arena of human rights. Last week, the Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, giving states an opportunity to change voting laws without receiving preclearance from the federal government, even if those states have a history of racial bias and a proven record of disenfranchising minority...
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A Glass Half Full: The Supreme Court's Ruling on Marriage Equality and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

June 27, 2013

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Marriage Equality. It struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and gave same-sex couples a major victory in their quest for equal rights. The decision to eliminate DOMA means loving, same-sex couples will no longer be treated as legal strangers. All married couples will now receive thousands of federal rights and benefits....
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AFC Celebrates Pride

June 27, 2013

Chicago’s Pride Parade celebrates diversity, but this year there will be a symbol of unity traveling from Broadway to Diversey on June 30. Six organizations that support the LGBTQ community have created a CommUNITY Pride Float. They include Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago House, Center on Halsted, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, and the AIDS...
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AFC's Hollendoner Set to Become City's First Deputy Commissioner

June 26, 2013

Joe Hollendoner recently announced plans to assume new duties as First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). His last day as Senior Vice President of Programing at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will be July 7. “We’re tremendously proud of Joe and thank him for his leadership on HIV/AIDS,” said David Ernesto Munar, AFC’s...
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