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Confession of a Spectator: Dance for Life in Review

August 22, 2013

I have a confession: Before last Saturday, I had never attended a dance performance. Going into Dance for Life , I wasn’t sure what the event would look like or how it would make me feel—or if I would even understand what was happening on the stage. But I needed to go. I wanted to be there. I’ve always perceived dance as the most intimidating art form. Performers mix...
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AFC Welcomes New Senior VP; Names First Director of Housing Subsidiary

August 14, 2013

Media contact: Ryan Singleton, 312-334-0913, rsingleton@aidschicago.org CHICAGO – The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is thrilled to welcome Simone Koehlinger to its leadership staff as Senior Vice President of Programs. Koehlinger started at AFC earlier this month and brings over 20 years of experience to the role. As the former Director of the Office of Lesbian,...
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Unwrapping ObamaCare: Medicaid Expansion

August 13, 2013

Ready or not, ObamaCare is coming, and it's going to help a lot of people obtain health care coverage, especially those who earn low wages and live with HIV/AIDS. Perhaps the greatest resource for these individuals and millions of others is Medicaid. Many states are expanding their Medicaid programs to cover more people, and they're making this form of public health...
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Fly with Us: Your Health Care Reform Passport

August 6, 2013

If it seems like we’re posting a lot of information about health care reform (often referred to as ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act), it’s because we are. Reforming a nation’s health care system is complex and will affect a lot of people living with HIV — but it doesn’t have to be scary. AFC has designed a great tool to ensure that your journey to affordable...
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AFC Awarded Grant to Assist ACA Outreach and Enrollment

July 24, 2013

Media contact: John Peller                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel. 312-334-0921                                      July 24, 2013 Email: jpeller@aidschicago.org...
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Governor Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill into Law

July 22, 2013

A historic day for Illinois, as the Medicaid bill to expand health care to thousands becomes law. On Monday, July 22, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law SB 26, a bill that expands the Medicaid program in Illinois - implementing a key part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill passed through both Illinois chambers this past legislative...
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Unwrapping ObamaCare: Who, What, When, & Why

July 22, 2013

Reforming a nation’s health care system is complex and affects a lot of people—but it doesn’t have to be scary. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is launching a new podcast series called Unwrapping ObamaCare , where we dig the most important pieces out of the law and present them in a short, easy-to-understand way. Though we focus much of the conversation...
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Understanding HIV Health Reform and Youth

July 19, 2013

There seems to be a lot of pressure on people to understand the new health reform law—and for good reason. It goes into effect on January 1, 2014. But understanding has never been so daunting. For starters, what do we even call our new health care system? When newscasters talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are they also referring to ObamaCare? How will the new...
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Mapping Pathways: Approaches to Preventing HIV

July 15, 2013

Mapping Pathways recently released a landmark report that urges local communities to prevent HIV by considering strategic use of antiretroviral drugs. That can be a confusing statement, so let’s unpack it. Antiretrovirals (ARVs) are medications used to treat HIV; however, doctors can also prescribe them to prevent HIV. When people take ARVs before they...
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AFC Receives ADAP Community Organization of the Year Award

July 9, 2013

The ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) honored the AIDS Foundation of Chicago with its Community Organization of the Year Award on July 8. Here’s our acceptance video. ADAP is short for AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides financial resources for people with low incomes, so they can afford HIV medications...
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