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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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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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AFC, Howard Brown Health commend IL Medicaid's plans to review HIV therapies

May 9, 2016

UPDATE: Read the letter AFC and Chicago-area clinicians submitted to Illinois Medicaid urging unrestricted access to HIV medications. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Howard Brown Health commend the recent announcement by Felicia Norwood, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), that the department will conduct a comprehensive review of...
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CommunityLinks: the program, the people, the purpose

April 21, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine CommunityLinks, a program of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), contracts with managed care health insurance plans to offer a variety of services to their members. One of the services CommunityLinks offers is Reach and Locate, which aims to find and engage members in their health care plans, ultimately offering them services intended to improve care and health outcomes...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago lauds Get Covered Illinois for reducing the uninsured rate in Illinois

February 29, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds Get Covered Illinois and the Illinois Department of Insurance for reducing Illinois’ uninsured rate from 17.8% to 10.6% among 18-64 year olds between 2013 and 2015. This feat is one of the largest uninsured percentage drops in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medicaid is now the largest payer of HIV care...
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AFC applauds IDPH for adding hepatitis C medications to ADAP formulary

February 11, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) thanks the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for adding hepatitis C medications to the list of drugs available under the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which ensures that people living with HIV have access to life-saving treatments. The IDPH decision is especially significant given that about one-third of people living with...
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Harvard and AFC identify best IL health care plans for people with HIV

January 12, 2016

The deadline to enroll in health care coverage is approaching fast. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation recently published a collaborative health marketplace analysis that identifies this year’s best health plans for people living with HIV and other chronic conditions in Illinois. Quality Health Plan Assessments were...
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Section 1557: a tool in the fight against HIV discrimination

December 15, 2015

by Ernesto Flores HIV Prevention Justice Alliance Fellow Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010, reports show that 11.4 million people became newly insured between 2010 and 2014 , and the number of uninsured dropped to about 11% in 2015 . Of those people, about 48,000 people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) are among those who recently enrolled...
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Cost and coverage of HIV and hepatitis medications in the Illinois health insurance marketplace

December 11, 2015

Updated Dec. 22, 2015 with finalized report from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School To help people living with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) choose health insurance marketplace plans, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School have collected information...
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