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Testimony before the Illinois House Human Services Committee Supporting SB26 (Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion)

May 23, 2013

By John Peller, Vice President of Policy AFC’s John Peller was invited by State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) to testify in support of SB 26 , which would leverage federal Medicaid funding to cover low-income people, including thousands with HIV.  Here’s the testimony John delivered.     Good morning, Madam Chair and members...
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Illinois Senate Passes Comprehensive Sex Education Bill

May 23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Ramon Gardenhire                    P (301) 379-3024 E-mail: rgardenhire@aidschicago.org Illinois Senate Passes Bill for Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Landmark Measure Heads to Governor for Signature The Illinois Senate today...
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New Report: CountyCare Offers Historic Opportunity to Improve Care for People with HIV

May 22, 2013

Careful Planning Now Will Bolster Successful Implementation of ObamaCare Next Year FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2013 Media contact: John Peller ( 312-334-0921 / jpeller@aidschicago.org) The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) today released a report that praises Cook County leaders for implementing CountyCare. The new program implements early a provision of the Affordable...
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ObamaCare Is Here - But Is It Working for People with HIV?

May 22, 2013

Read AFC's CountyCare report and press release . On January 1, 2014, national health care reform will kick into high gear, providing new health insurance options for millions of people across the country. And thanks to visionary leadership from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board CEO Dr. Ram Raju, and the Obama administration,...
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Strength of a Thousand Cranes

May 20, 2013

Masumi Yoneyama is an Ironman—but that’s not entirely due to the 70.3-mile race she aims to conquer this August with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) . To learn why, we have to go back to 2011, the worst year since her mother’s death over a decade ago. Working at Trader Joe’s, Masumi did a lot of heavy lifting. She admits, “I probably didn’t use proper...
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State Session Updates

May 20, 2013

What's AFC up to in Springfield? 2013 Legislative Session Update AFC works hard in Springfield to enact sound HIV/AIDS policies. This year, with the help of advocates like you, we   passed all three of our target bills! Read more about these bills below. Current Issues (more information after the jump): SB 26 - Medicaid for Low-Income,...
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State-Run Health Insurance Marketplace: Why AFC Opposes HB 3227

May 15, 2013

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) recently made the difficult decision to oppose legislation that creates a state-federal partnership for operating Illinois’ health insurance marketplace. We base this decision on the poor consumer protections in the bill. House Bill 3227 ( Senate Amendment 2 ) is backed by our partners, including Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC), and is...
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State-Run Health Insurance Marketplace: Why AFC Opposes HB 3227

May 15, 2013

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) recently made the difficult decision to oppose legislation that creates a state-federal partnership for operating Illinois’ health insurance marketplace. We base this decision  on the poor consumer protections in the bill. House Bill 3227 ( Senate Amendment 2 ) is backed by our partners, including Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC),...
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VIDEO: Chris Wade Speaks at Rally for Human Care

May 13, 2013

Chris Wade has a powerful voice. As a member of the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy , a group convened by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), Chris traveled to Springfield to participate in Lobby Days on May 8. AFC organized 40 individuals from the state’s northern and central regions to urge lawmakers to continue funding HIV care and supportive services; however, Wade...
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Inside Story Wins Two Silver Awards of Distinction

May 7, 2013

You might want to sit down for this: You’re reading a blog post about this blog—this award-winning blog. Not to be too self-serving, but we need to toot our horn for a minute. The International Academy of the Visual Arts announced winners of the 2013 Communicator Awards on Thursday, April 30, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Inside Story won two silver awards...
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