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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

UPDATE: Read the letter AFC and Chicago-area clinicians submitted to Illinois Medicaid urging unrestricted access to HIV medications. 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...
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AFC joins human and social service agencies in lawsuit against Gov. Rauner and state agencies

May 4, 2016

Updated on May 31, 2016: The Pay Now Illinois coalition has grown to 82 human and social service agencies and companies suing Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger and seven state agency department heads for breach of contract. On May 25, they filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction for emergency relief that would require the state to begin immediate...
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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 during the week of April 18, 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...
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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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