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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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Rep. Robin Kelly recognizes National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 26, 2016

by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) Today, on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we ponder the significance of HIV and AIDS as an American and international reality. 35 years have passed since our country initially confronted the biological challenges of this epidemic. We still grapple — oftentimes clumsily — with stigma and our social response, while contending...
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AFC and national partners file complaint against Humana and other discriminatory insurers

September 6, 2016

AFC partners with Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School launching groundbreaking campaign to enforce health care rights for people living with HIV in Illinois Click here to read the full Complaint. In the face of highly restrictive and discriminatory health insurance plans within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, the AIDS Foundation of...
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AFC and Howard Brown Health laud Illinois Medicaid for expanding access to HIV treatments

August 1, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Howard Brown Health commend the recent decision by Felicia Norwood, Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), on conducting a comprehensive review of HIV medications covered on the fee-for-service formulary, and adding new HIV treatments to the preferred drug list (PDL). Specially, HFS added an antiretroviral class to...
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Stopgap budget passed in Illinois — but is it enough?

June 30, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is relieved  that the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce  Rauner agreed  to  and passed a partial budget for FY 16 and a half-year, partial budget for FY 17 , which  begins  today ( Friday, July 1 ) .  The  agreed - upon budget includes an estimated 65% of funding for the 18-month period covering...
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