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Her win, Illinois’ loss

May 19, 2016

by Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy I knew my meeting last week with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was going to be a smashing success when I and 19 other representatives of more than 70 HIV organizations introduced ourselves as a bunch of policy wonks and Secretary Clinton replied, “Well, you know that’s a term of endearment to me.”...
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"I made it through the storm": George Scroggins and the act of moving forward

May 18, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine Access to Care is an in-home substance use counseling program run through the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in partnership with housing agencies across the city. George Scroggins became the first client of Access to Care in 2015, and he believes that the case management and housing services he receives from AFC and Heartland Alliance saved his life.  ...
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10 movies about HIV/AIDS recommended by AFC staff

May 13, 2016

by Ashley Slupski HIV is not an easy topic to discuss for many of us. However, misinformation about HIV and the people living with the disease continue to fuel stigma. We must talk openly about HIV to increase awareness in our communities and decrease stigma and shame often associated with HIV. AFC staff pulled together 10 movies we think will get the conversation started about HIV...
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AFC, Howard Brown Health commend IL Medicaid's plans to review HIV therapies

May 9, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Howard Brown Health commend the recent announcement by Felicia Norwood, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), that the department will conduct a comprehensive review of HIV medications covered on the fee-for-service formulary. The announcement was the direct result of a productive meeting between AFC...
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AFC joins human and social service agencies in lawsuit against Gov. Rauner and state agencies

May 4, 2016

Pay Now Illinois seeks immediate payment of $100 million This morning, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) joined Pay Now Illinois , a coalition of 64 Illinois-based human and social service agencies and companies, in a lawsuit against Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the directors of six statewide agencies. The suit seeks immediate payment in full of more than $100 million owed...
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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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