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Choosing Life: How and Why to Disclose Your Status

March 10, 2017

By Cotrell Loftin Jessica Glaspie and I met in a small Starbucks in Mundelein, IL, on a Sunday morning shortly after I returned to Chicago on a 6-hour overnight bus trip. The precious caffeine helped fuel both my energy and an incredible conversation. In recognition of National Women's and Girls' HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, Glaspie, a powerful advocate featured in a prior Inside...
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AFC’s case management trainings equip case managers for a unique, one-on-one client experience

March 8, 2017

Despite the uncertainty of the ACA's future and fear about the new administration’s discriminatory policies, AFC’s case managers stay committed to providing the quality care clients need. By Cotrell Loftin Matthew Williamson is standing outside the conference room, warmly greeting people as they enter. “Good morning and welcome to the training. Don’t...
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Amplified: Bold voices for change speak out

March 6, 2017

This article highlights the successes the AIDS Foundation of Chicago achieved in 2016. Read more about our work in our  Annual Report . Hear from AFC's boldest voices for change as they describe their fight in 2016:   We are AIDS advocates. We FIGHT BACK. We fight for women to be treated with respect. We fight for Black lives, trans lives,...
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AFC releases policy priorities for 2017 and 2018

February 27, 2017

This year ushers in significant changes in political leadership on the national level. The Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress have pledged to alter the future of health care in America. The effects of this could have drastic impacts on people around the country, and in Illinois specifically. At the same time, Illinois is now in its second year without a state budget,...
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With national health care under threat, Gov. Rauner’s state budget further endangers Illinoisans

February 15, 2017

For the third year in a row, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner failed to present the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that protects the state’s most vulnerable people, proposing a 44% cut to vital HIV funding streams in his budget address on Wednesday.  “The budget proposed today is outright dangerous for people living with...
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AFC responds to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address

January 25, 2017

In his annual State of the State Address, Gov. Bruce Rauner discussed the accomplishments of the past year, goals for the year ahead and how lawmakers must work together. Unfortunately, we’ve heard this before. Illinois’s most vulnerable residents can’t afford another year of empty promises and battles between the governor and the General Assembly, while those in need continue...
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Illinois' state government: "A case of governmental dysfunction"

January 24, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago has debuted  its first issue brief  to kick off a new series covering statewide issues related to HIV prevention, education and care in Illinois. The brief, titled "The Illinois state budget impasse and HIV services: A case of governmental dysfunction," illuminates Illinois' current fiscal landscape and examines the state’s recent...
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AFC releases IL Medicaid guide to HIV coverage

December 7, 2016

To support Medicaid-eligible people in Illinois living with HIV make informed decisions about their health care, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has released an overview of HIV medication coverage in selected Medicaid Managed Care plans . “Navigating the complex world of Medicaid Managed Care plans as a consumer can be confusing, frustrating, or just plain scary,”...
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2017 PrEP assessment compares IL Marketplace plans

November 28, 2016

People who are HIV-negative and vulnerable to HIV infection can take a medication to help prevent HIV. Currently, only one medication, Truvada, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of HIV. It is also recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. The AIDS Foundation of...
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AFC provides support, guidance on changes to Medicaid in IL

September 29, 2016

AFC has submitted  comments  to the state of Illinois on their proposed 1115 Medicaid Waiver. The federal government allows states to submit these waivers that, if approved, allow states to experiment with the Medicaid program in their state to try things not normally allowed under federal law. Through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more people living with and vulnerable to HIV...
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