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Medicaid Plan to Address HIV

February 27, 2014

Note: Story updated with March 10 comments In a significant victory for HIV advocates, a new Medicaid plan advanced by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn plan will include a provision that will improve care for people living with HIV. The HIV-specific provision — an HIV health home — was included after concerted advocacy by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and our...
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Illinois HIV Care Connect: Reaching Out to Changing HIV-Positive Population

February 25, 2014

Improved prognoses, but many still at-risk for infection Illinois HIV Care Connect is taking major strides to reach out to a changing HIV-positive population benefiting from improved prognoses due to advances in treatment and access to care. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is one of seven lead agencies coordinating the services provided through the program, which is funded by the...
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HIV/AIDS Illinois District Fact Sheets

February 25, 2014

Check out the HIV/AIDS statistics in your legislative district. District Fact Sheets provide vital facts and information on the status of each senate district with regards to the HIV/AIDS incidence and prevalence rate, along with the services that are provided for people living with HIV/AIDS. It is up to you to ensure that your senators and legislators are aware of these figures in order...
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Medicaid Managed Care is Coming - What You Need to Know to be Ready Webinar

February 18, 2014

Get up to speed on changes to the Illinois Medicaid program by registering for a webinar on the new Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) initiatives. This webinar will focus on the Integrated Care Program (ICP), which impacts seniors and people with disabilities who are currently on Medicaid. Among others, this program affects people who receive home and community-based services as a part...
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Munar Stepping Down Following Two-Decade Career at AFC

February 11, 2014

Dear Friends, As a person living with and concerned about HIV, I am enormously grateful to have spent the past 23 years of my career nurturing a vibrant and powerful community for social justice at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). It is therefore with mixed emotions that I announce my plans to step down as AFC’s president and CEO at the end of March to take the helm at the Howard...
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AFC Releases 2013 Annual Report

February 5, 2014

For nearly 30 years, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has led the fight against HIV/AIDS. It is with the collective efforts of our individual, government, and community partners that we continue to achieve new and exciting milestones year after year. Our 2013 annual report highlights our first-year accomplishments in implementing our three-year strategic plan called Road to Health...
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Comments on the Draft Medicaid 1115 Waiver

February 4, 2014

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) submitted comments January 22, 2014, in response to the state’s Draft 1115 Waiver Application .  In the comments, AFC urges the state to prioritize case management for people with HIV, leverage the Medicaid Health Home state plan option to improve care for people with HIV, and institute financial incentives for HMOs to improve care provided to people...
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HIV Health Summit Kicks off 2014!

February 3, 2014

On January 27, 2014 the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) hosted its first HIV Health Summit to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders, such as HIV/AIDS providers, community members, Medicaid managed care organizations, government officials, and legislators to discuss the opportunities, changes and challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid managed care will bring people living with...
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Illinois Cascade of Engagement in HIV Care

January 6, 2014

At the Illinois HIV Planning Group meeting held December 2013, the Illinois Department of Public Heath's Dr. Fangchao Ma presented data about Illinois and the HIV continuum of care.  Information includes percentages of people living with HIV who know their status, are engaged in care, and have a suppressed viral load.  The presentation also offers a comparison to national rates....
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Munar: Illinois Medicaid Must Harness Existing Infrastructure to Turn Tide on AIDS Epidemic

December 18, 2013

AIDS Foundation of Chicago President and CEO David Ernesto Munar testified on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 before the Illinois House Human Services Appropriations Committee on the state’s proposed Medicaid 1115 waiver.  The proposal – outlined in this concept paper released in November 2013 – would allow the state to obtain federal Medicaid matching funds for a wider range...
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