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2013 Illinois Medicaid Toolkit

December 10, 2012

HB 6253 is a new Medicaid opportunity for Illinois that would allow 342,000 low-income adults in Illinois to be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014. Check our the '2013 Illinois Medicaid Toolkit' Thousands of those newly eligible Illinoisans will be people living with HIV/AIDS. New Medicaid will make it much easier for people with HIV to get the medical care they need, stay...
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2012 Veto Session Wrap-Up

December 10, 2012

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) spearheaded or collaborated on the following bills during the 2012 Illinois General Assembly Veto session that will impact the lives of people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.   The bills are described below HB 6253 – Medicaid Opportunity Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago)  & Sen. Heather Steans...
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AFC Launches Need2Know HIV, a New HIV Testing Campaign

December 3, 2012

Need2Know HIV campaign to spread word about importance of early, ongoing and accurate testing. More than 20,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago – three times the national prevalence rate. In some Chicago neighborhoods, HIV rates have climbed to a staggering 53 percent in recent years. That’s why the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is marking...
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World AIDS Day

November 29, 2012

World AIDS Day is here! Every year, World AIDS Day is a time of reflection and action. World AIDS Day, observed every year on December 1, is an opportunity to celebrate the gains made in ending the epidemic, embrace those living with HIV/AIDS and honor those we’ve lost to AIDS throughout the years. Here are some things you can do this World AIDS Day to...
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Your Guide to World AIDS Day in Chicago

November 28, 2012

It's almost World AIDS Day! Here's are a few important events going on in Chicago to honor the occasion. First, the basics: This Saturday is World AIDS Day, observed every year on December 1. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate the gains made in ending the epidemic, embrace those living with HIV/AIDS and commemorate those who have died of AIDS throughout the...
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What the Fiscal Cliff Means for HIV Services in Illinois

November 28, 2012

You've heard about it. It's coming. And it sounds scary. But what does the "fiscal cliff" really mean for people living with HIV? According to a new analysis by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the impact of the automatic budget cuts will be prove to be both deleterious to public health and costly for taxpayers in the long run. On January 2, 2013, absent any change in federal law,...
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AFC Hails New Chicago Deputy Commissioner for HIV/STI Services

November 24, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2012 MEDIA CONTACT Greg Trotter, 312-314-0913   The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) welcomes the appointment of Nanette Benbow as the new Deputy Commissioner for HIV and STI Services at the Chicago Department of Public Health....
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In or Out of Prison, Iranian Doctors Find Way to Help

November 16, 2012

Dr. Kamiar Alaei, on left, and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei, at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, November 2012. By Sara Semelka For more than a decade, Dr. Arash Alaei and his brother Dr. Kamiar Alaei made quiet but revolutionary changes in Iran’s healthcare system, focusing on harm reduction practices for people forced into the shadows of society, including LGBT...
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Comments on State Medicaid Benchmark Plan

November 14, 2012

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is considering options for the Medicaid benchmark Medicaid benefits (pdf) package that will be extended to the new health care reform Medicaid expansion population. The Medicaid benefits package defines the baseline of services covered by the state for the newly eligible Medicaid recipients under health care reform. ...
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SHINE Conference Examines HIV and Social Determinants

November 12, 2012

Why does HIV have a disproportionate impact on communities of color? The SHINE Conference, a two-day affair hosted by the University of Chicago, aims to get to the root of that question. All are invited to attend what promises to be rousing discussion on the social determinants of HIV. “SHINE Conference: Social and Structural Determinants of HIV Infections Among...
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