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Case management, housing vital for Medicaid success

July 5, 2011

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) submitted on July 1, 2011 comments to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) on the vital role HIV case management and housing can play in a Medicaid coordinated care environment.   HFS requested the stakeholder input as the agency works to meet the goal of having half of all enrollees in some form of coordinated care by...
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"Pride Health and Equality 411": view the presentation

June 29, 2011

On June 24, 2011, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in conjunction with the Howard Brown Health Center and Equality Illinois hosted a pride themed webinar that detailed the latest information on LGBTQ health developments and legislation impacting the community.  To learn more and view the webinar presentation materials .
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30 under 30: AFC's Pete Subkoviak recognized by Windy City Times

June 24, 2011

  For the twelfth year running, Windy City Times celebrates Pride by bestowing honors upon 30 individuals under the age of 30 who have, in their young lives, already made significant contributions to Chicago's LGBT community and beyond. Among the honorees is AFC staffer Pete Subkoviak. Way to go, Pete! Here’s what Windy City Times had to say: Pete, 29, is a policy...
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Free HIV Testing at Select Walgreens Stores, June 22-24

June 22, 2011

AIDS Foundation of Chicago Teams Up with Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS, CDC, and OraSure Technologies to Provide Free Rapid Oral HIV Tests in Lead Up to National HIV Testing Day Tuesday, 21st June, 2011 – In the lead up to National HIV Testing Day (June 27th), the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and OraSure...
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2011 State Session "Cliff Notes": view the presentation

June 17, 2011

On June 16, 2011, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) hosted a webinar detailing the impact that the state budget will have on HIV/AIDS funding and highlighting bills that AFC either spearheaded or collaborated on during the 2011 Illinois General Assembly spring session.  The webinar was presented by John Peller and Ramon Gardenhire of the AFC Policy Department and provides a comprehensive analysis...
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AFC to Quinn: Expand Medicaid, implement AIDS Strategy to mitigate budget cuts

June 17, 2011

AFC on June 13, 2011 sent a letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn with recommendations on how to implement the state FY 2012 budget, which begins July 1.  The recommendations include implementing a Medicaid expansion for people with HIV and leveraging the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and touch on issues related to expanding accountability and transparency for state-funded HIV programs....
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Walgreens carries female condoms

June 15, 2011

http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=32263 With the decision to carry the newest version of female condoms in 400 of its stores, Walgreens has become the first—and only—pharmacy chain to stock female condoms nationwide. "This is a huge move forward in really raising the visibility of the product," said Jessica Terlikowski, co-founder...
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AFC: Finishing Strong in Springfield

June 8, 2011

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) spearheaded or collaborated on the following bills during the 2011 Illinois General Assembly spring session that will impact the lives of people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. The bills are described below.     HB 3027 Comprehensive Sex Education (D-Chicago) & Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) AFC and...
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Illinois General Assembly Adjourns, Reduces HIV Funding Cuts

June 7, 2011

The ended its spring session on May 31, 2011 by approving a state budget that cuts HIV program spending by $1.5 million, or just under 5%.  This funding cut, while lower than initially proposed by Governor Pat Quinn , creates significant uncertainty for people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. “We are grateful that the General Assembly restored $2 million in HIV funding,”...
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Making the Fourth Decade of AIDS the Last

June 3, 2011

On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the first official mention of the appearance of a mysterious illness among a cluster of gay men. The obscure citation in the equally arcane Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is often referred to as the “beginning of AIDS.” Since then, AIDS has claimed the lives of more than 25 million...
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