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AFC's Healthcare Hero-in-Chief, Melanie Paul

January 26, 2011

AFC’s Healthcare Hero-in-Chief, Melanie Paul On August 4th, AFC’s very own Supportive Housing Program Coordinator Melanie Paul shared the podium with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Danny Davis (D-Chicago), and others to demand real health care reform at a major Chicago rally. Melanie told her story to let...
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Daley's 2011 Budget Avoids HIV Cuts

October 14, 2010

CHICAGO (October 14, 2010)-- HIV advocates breathed a sigh of relief on October 13 when Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley released a 2011 city budget plan that preserves HIV funding and largely maintains city support for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). The 2011 budget is the last one that Mayor Daley will present.  He announced on October 13, 2010, that he would step down...
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Obama Administration Unveils National AIDS Strategy

September 28, 2010

After three years of rigorous grassroots advocacy, the Obama Administration will release the country’s first National HIV/AIDS Strategy on Tuesday, July 13. The unprecedented plan sets forth an ambitious agenda to effectively address the domestic U.S. HIV epidemic.   Tuesday afternoon, administration officials will brief the public on the main features of the Strategy...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago in Vienna

September 28, 2010

The world’s largest public health conference, the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), kicked off this past weekend in Vienna, Austria. The event brings together 20,000 people from across the world to discuss the current state and the future path of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.   There are a TON of online outlets covering AIDS 2010 but here are a few links...
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AIDS Community Remembers Lonnie Fulton

September 28, 2010

Community Advocate Lonnie Fulton passed away on September 9, 2010. His fellow members of the AIDS Housing Advisory Council had these words to share: Susan Armstrong – "Lonnie was a great mentor; my first effort at public speaking was with him." Fernando Blasco – "He was an honest man, a wonderful person and very valuable to the community." Patrice...
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AIDS Community Remembers Lester Ward

September 28, 2010

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Care and Housing Teams mourn the loss of case manger and housing advocate Lester Ward. Lester was a committed and caring individual who formally began his work in the HIV community in 1999 at Asian Human Services. Lester managed to find balance between his career and personal life. He was an avid movie buff and lover of the theater. As an advocate...
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Uninsured? HIV+? Moderate-income? New health insurance option!

September 2, 2010

The Illinois Department of Insurance recently launched the new Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP) .  The plan is designed for uninsured people with HIV and other preexisting conditions (including hepatitis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and others).  Because the plan is federally subsidized, the premiums are much more affordable than other high-risk insurance plans. ...
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Quinn Budget Highlights AIDS Drug Assistance Program

July 2, 2010

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced today that state funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which provides life-saving HIV medications to low-income people with HIV, will be sufficient to “serve approximately 4,500 clients a month – an increase of 400” program recipients. In the last nine months, the program provided HIV/AIDS medications to an average of 4,165 Illinoisans...
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66 Organizations Urge Gov. Quinn to Allocate Full Funding to HIV Programs in 2011 State Budget

June 23, 2010

Sixty-six organizations from around Illinois signed on to a letter urging Governor Quinn to allocate sufficient funding to HIV programs to avert an AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting list and continue community-based HIV prevention and care programs. The letter also highlights the funding needs of other programs that are critical for the lives and health of people with HIV. Read the...
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What's up with the state budget, and what's it mean for HIV services?

June 3, 2010

Yes, we have a state budget. Well, sort of. Actually, it’s kinda complicated. Let’s break it down. The General Assembly passed on May 25 a state budget. However, this budget is deeply flawed. It doesn’t address the state’s nearly $6 billion in unpaid bills, relies too heavily on one-time revenue, and jeopardizes services for all Illinoisans. Most importantly,...
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