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11 months without a budget, AFC says Governor and General Assembly hold HIV services hostage

June 1, 2016

On May 31, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned its regular session without passing a state budget. Today marks 11 months without a budget, further threatening HIV testing and prevention services, care for people with HIV, supportive housing for formerly homeless people and other vital services. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is dismayed that in those 11 months, the legislature...
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BudgetWatch: As the legislative session ends today, the budget situation is a bit of a mess

May 31, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone, just a quick update on the situation occurring down here in Springfield. Today is the last day this year that legislation can be passed with a simple majority.  Starting tomorrow, a super majority, meaning 3/5 of representatives and senators, will be needed to approve any substantive or appropriative legislation...
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Jeanette seeks a place to call home

May 26, 2016

by Eryn MacNeil The apartment is dimly lit, but spacious. There isn’t much decoration, but it’s well-kept. It’s a short walk up in a neat brick building on a tree-lined street. Today, the shades are drawn, but on the weekends the apartment is filled with children. Jeanette Thomas spent several years being homeless, battling addiction, and was recently diagnosed with breast...
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Her win, Illinois' loss

May 19, 2016

by Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy I knew my meeting last week with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was going to be a smashing success when I and 19 other representatives of more than 70 HIV organizations introduced ourselves as a bunch of policy wonks and Secretary Clinton replied, “Well, you know that’s a term of endearment to me.”...
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"I made it through the storm": George Scroggins and the act of moving forward

May 18, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine Access to Care is an in-home substance use counseling program run through the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in partnership with housing agencies across the city. George Scroggins became the first client of Access to Care in 2015, and he believes that the case management and housing services he receives from AFC and Heartland Alliance saved his life.  ...
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10 movies about HIV/AIDS recommended by AFC staff

May 13, 2016

by Ashley Slupski HIV is not an easy topic to discuss for many of us. However, misinformation about HIV and the people living with the disease continue to fuel stigma. We must talk openly about HIV to increase awareness in our communities and decrease stigma and shame often associated with HIV. AFC staff pulled together 10 movies we think will get the conversation started about HIV...
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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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AFC joins human and social service agencies in lawsuit against Gov. Rauner and state agencies

May 4, 2016

Updated on May 31, 2016: The Pay Now Illinois coalition has grown to 82 human and social service agencies and companies suing Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger and seven state agency department heads for breach of contract. On May 25, they filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction for emergency relief that would require the state to begin immediate...
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AFC, Howard Brown Health denounce IL Medicaid's removal of HIV drug from approved formulary

April 25, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Howard Brown Health (HBH) have confirmed that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) will remove Atripla from the preferred drug list beginning Monday, April 25, in an effort to reduce costs.  Atripla was the only single-tablet regimen (STR) HIV medication covered under the Illinois Medicaid program’s...
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BudgetWatch: Some progress on FY 16 human services and higher education budgets

April 25, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to update you all on some of the developments that occurred during the week of April 18, in Springfield. It was Third Reading deadline week, meaning all bills that originated in either house needed to be passed out by the end of the day Friday in order to be considered in the opposite house moving forward...
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