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Governor proposes HIV Cuts, Consolidation in FY 2012 budget

March 3, 2011

Facing a grim fiscal environment despite the recent state tax increase, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed February 16, 2011 a $26.9 billion state general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2012 that cuts state HIV programs by 11%. The Governor’s proposal consolidates four separate Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) HIV funding accounts into one, and cuts overall state funding by...
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CROI: Blacks More Likely to Have HIV Virologic Failure

March 3, 2011

CROI: Blacks More Likely to Have HIV Virologic Failure By Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today Published: March 01, 2011 Reviewed by  Zalman S. Agus , MD; Emeritus Professor University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner BOSTON -- A meta-analysis of five clinical...
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AFC's John Peller Highlights Budget and Legislative Issues in the Illinois General Assembly

February 11, 2011

The 2011 Illinois state legislative session started with a whimper on Tues. Feb 8, when the Amtrak train carrying the AIDS Foundation of Chicagos’ crack Springfield lobbyist, John Peller, rolled into town two hours late.  Not to fear… six legislators were stuck on the train too, giving Peller extra time to advocate for their support for key HIV issues.  Although the House stayed...
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Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program Update

February 8, 2011

There are two important changes to Illinois ADAP that will benefit people with HIV who get their medications from either private insurance or Medicare.  In addition, a third change may make it possible for people on ADAP to afford comprehensive health insurance under the new Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.  1.  More help with co-pays and premiums if...
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Black AIDS Day, February 7, 2011

February 5, 2011

Red ink blots Black AIDS Day By David Ernesto Munar Last week, the Federal Reserve chairman gave a stern warning to Congress not to play politics with an impending vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling. "It's not something you want to play around with -- the United States would be forced into a position of defaulting on its debt," Mr. Ben Bernanke said at the...
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David Ernesto Munar Appointed President/CEO

February 5, 2011

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) Board of Directors announced its appointment of AFC Vice President David Ernesto Munar to the post of President/CEO, effective February 1, 2011. After 20 years at AFC and 12 as its chief executive, President/CEO Mark Ishaug left the organization in February 2011 to become President/CEO of AIDS United, a new Washington, DC-based national organization...
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AFC Receives Grant from AIDS United to Improve Access to Healthcare for Region

February 4, 2011

Hundreds of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago will now receive local, high-quality care, thanks to a new grant awarded to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) by AIDS United. The grant to AFC is one of 10 awards granted to communities across the country by AIDS United to support its Access to Care (A2C) initiative. The awards are all supported by a federal grant to AIDS United from the...
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Blumenthal Steps Down From His Post Leading Obama's Health IT Office

February 4, 2011

Kaiser Health News : Blumenthal To Leave Obama's Health IT Office Kaiser Health News staff writers Phil Galewitz and Christopher Weaver report: "Dr. David Blumenthal, appointed by President Barack Obama to speed the health care system's switch from paper to electronic records, announced Thursday that he is stepping down this spring to return to his teaching post at...
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Pay Gap Growing For Women Physicians

February 4, 2011

NPR's Shots Blog : Female Docs Fall Further Behind On Pay Women are playing a greater and greater role in medicine. But when it comes to salaries, they're actually losing ground. A provocative study in the current issue of the journal Health Affairs finds female physicians' average starting salaries earned nearly $17,000 less than their male counterparts' in 2008, once...
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Virginia Asks High Court To Expedite Review Of Health Law Challenge

February 4, 2011

Virginia's attorney general has hopes to bypass an initial appellate court review and take his state's case against the health overhaul directly to the Supreme Court. The federal Department of Justice has made clear it will oppose this request. Meanwhile, the lawsuits against the health law are just one of many paths being followed by activists who hope to undo the...
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