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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 the March 24 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 a wage...
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BudgetWatch: $3.8 billion spending bill authorized by Senate

March 18, 2016

by Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Yesterday, the Illinois Senate passed a bill designed to get billions of dollars to universities, college students and a variety of human-services programs. The Democrat-dominated Senate approved the bill SB2059 on a 39-18 vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Two Republicans did not vote....
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The AIDS Institute Recognize Ambetter for Increasing HIV Medication Coverage

March 16, 2016

CHICAGO – The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The AIDS Institute are pleased to report that through their joint advocacy, national health insurance provider Ambetter Health has agreed to expand the list of medications it covers to include life-saving daily treatments for people living with HIV. This change is effective immediately and benefits Ambetter Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollees...
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PrEP: One woman crosses the gender divide

March 9, 2016

by Eryn MacNeil For many women affected by HIV, it’s easy to feel alone and unsupported. There isn’t always a community welcoming you with open arms — or at least it can feel that way sometimes. Poppy Morgan took matters into her own hands and created her own community. Poppy, 40, is a leader in the nonprofit sector in the western suburbs of Chicago (due...
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Retiring AFC Board member blazed trails for Black women in health care and academia

March 9, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine Hilda Richards, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, an AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) Board member for 15 years, discusses her experience on the Board and what she hopes for the future of AFC.   When Dr. Hilda Richards moved to Chicago in 2000 at the age of 64, she arrived with a lifetime's worth of credentials and accomplishments — including several “firsts”...
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BudgetWatch: The lead-up to IL primary and spring break

March 4, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon, everyone! This week in Springfield was the last of the House’s session days before the March 15 primary and an elongated spring break. While there was some movement surrounding an appropriations bill for human services and higher education, ultimately it appears that we are no closer to a resolution to our current...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago lauds Get Covered Illinois for reducing the uninsured rate in Illinois

February 29, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds Get Covered Illinois and the Illinois Department of Insurance for reducing Illinois’ uninsured rate from 17.8% to 10.6% among 18-64 year olds between 2013 and 2015. This feat is one of the largest uninsured percentage drops in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medicaid is now the largest payer of HIV care...
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Corporate supporter Walgreens finds innovative ways to engage with HIV-positive community

February 29, 2016

For decades, Walgreens has supported the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in its quest to make HIV infections rare and support people living with HIV and related chronic diseases.  Walgreens' Senior Director of Virology Glen Pietrandoni shares his story of serving the HIV community for 30 years. He also explains how Walgreens is uniquely positioned to support people...
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