AFC advocates for legislative reform on the state and national level. Our state and federal legislative agendas are formed in collaboration with the HIV community across the state. We have a strong presence in Springfield during the legislative session with dedicated staff and community advocates working to advance policies that address the needs of the HIV community.
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) led and partnered on several bills during the 2017 Illinois General Assembly regular session, including legislation to add a third trimester HIV test during pregnancy (HB 2800), a bill that would allow transgender Illinoisans to change their birth certificate gender designation to reflect their lived gender identity prior to undergoing surgery (HB 1785), and a bill that would allow abortion services to be covered by Medicaid and removes a dangerous “trigger” provision in the Illinois abortion law (HB 40). AFC also worked diligently to adequately fund a state budget that preserves and protects vital services for HIV and other chronic diseases. A fully funded budget was passed on July 6, 2017.
AFC's 2017 Legislative Agenda calls for the continued and expanded funding of HIV prevention services and care services for those living with HIV in Illinois. AFC will focus on upcoming legislation surrounding the state budget, third trimester HIV testing, Medicaid Managed Care, Vital Records modernization and removal of the “trigger” provision in the Illinois abortion law.
AFC is committed to continuing, creating and advocating for sound HIV policy. We have released our 2017-2018 policy priorities. These priorities were formed in consultation with community members across the state, and outline the focus of our legislative advocacy and policy work for the coming years.
Our policy priorities include:
The Access to Affordable Medication campaign seeks to remove barriers to lifesaving medication in Illinois due to skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs. The campaign has proposed legislation that would amend the Illinois Insurance Code to limit a patient’s copayment and coinsurance costs for their prescribed specialty drugs.
You can take action to help remove barriers to affordable medications by telling your legislators to Cap the Copay. This issue deeply affects both individuals and families. Read personal stories of those impacted by high out-of-pocket costs here.
Sustainable Revenue Solutions
We have joined The Responsible Budget Coalition, which brings together many diverse organizations that represent and serve millions of Illinois residents. This coalition is committed to building the support needed to solve Illinois’ budget crisis, prevent harmful cuts to essential public services, save jobs, eliminate the state’s long-term structural deficit, and make taxes fairer. In the Governor’s FY14 budget, he proposed $4 million in cuts to much needed HIV/AIDS services across the state due to the fact that Illinois does not have a sensible plan to generate sustainable revenue. This would have primarily been cut from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
We are excited by the progress that has been made in recent years. Click the links below for a detailed summary of legislation AFC advocated for in that year.