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AFC, Howard Brown Health denounce IL Medicaid’s removal of HIV drug from approved formulary

April 25, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Howard Brown Health (HBH) have confirmed that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) will remove Atripla from the preferred drug list beginning Monday, April 25, in an effort to reduce costs.  Atripla was the only single-tablet regimen (STR) HIV medication covered under the Illinois Medicaid program’s...
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BudgetWatch: Some progress on FY 16 human services and higher education budgets

April 25, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to update you all on some of the developments that occurred last week in Springfield. It was Third Reading deadline week, meaning all bills that originated in either house needed to be passed out by the end of the day Friday in order to be considered in the opposite house moving forward. That and the...
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Meghan Williams: Giving her peers a voice

April 24, 2016

by Eryn MacNeil If you’re a young woman who has experienced hiring discrimination and a lack of resources, it would be easy to give up. Instead, Meghan Williams has turned her past experiences into a way to help others. As a 21-year-old transgender woman, she works with AFC’s Project Elevate, a peer-led STI prevention campaign, on its Youth Expert Advisory Board,...
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Representing the South Side in Springfield at HIV Advocacy Days

April 24, 2016

by Jasmine Tucker, AFC Associate Board Co-chair and HIV advocate As I was riding the Pink Line to 200 W. Jackson Blvd at 5 a.m., I had no clue what HIV Advocacy Day was going to bring. I was nervous, because this was my first time having a chance to potentially meet face-to-face with my legislators, Representative (and Majority Leader) Barbara Flynn Currie and Senator Kwame Raoul. I knew...
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CommunityLinks: the program, the people, the purpose

April 21, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine CommunityLinks, a program of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), contracts with managed care health insurance plans to offer a variety of services to their members. One of the services CommunityLinks offers is Reach and Locate, which aims to find and engage members in their health care plans, ultimately offering them services intended to improve care and health outcomes...
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BudgetWatch: Important bills pass out of committees, little budget news

April 14, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good morning everyone, I just wanted to take a few minutes to update you all on a busy week in Springfield. It was committee deadline week, and as such many pieces of legislation came up for an initial vote. This was a week of movement on substantive bills, but there is also a little budget news.  Let’s dive right in to it!...
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In Plain Sight: shining a spotlight on women living with HIV

April 6, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine and Eryn MacNeil In Plain Sight, from Chicago’s History Moves “mobile museum” project , aims to engage communities in conversation about the history of women living with HIV in Chicago by highlighting the stories of participants in the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). Eryn MacNeil and Mirhanda Alewine, two AFC staff members, had the opportunity...
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BudgetWatch: Advocates take to digital media to fight for #PositiveBudgetIL

April 1, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone!  Though the legislature has not been in session for a few weeks now, AFC has been busy in preparing for their return to Springfield on Monday, April 5. Virtual Advocacy Days AFC held its second Virtual Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 23.  Over 100 individuals and organizations took to...
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AmeriCorps teams unite to support HIV prevention work in Flint, MI

March 27, 2016

by Josh Boegner, AIDS United Team Chicago AmeriCorps fellow Every week, the AIDS United Team Chicago participates in a Fifth Day, where the entire team comes together to complete a service project in the community. Recently, we had the opportunity to partner with AIDS United’s Team Cleveland and Team Indianapolis on a “Super” Fifth Day in support of the community...
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BudgetWatch: What the AFSCME ruling means for humans services in IL

March 25, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon, everyone! I just wanted to take a quick moment to update you on yesterday’s Illinois Supreme Court ruling on AFSCME back pay, and how that might affect the budget process moving forward. The ruling dealt with an issue that arose back in 2011, in which former Governor Pat Quinn refused to give AFSCME workers...
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