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City of Chicago receives $1.8 million in new donations for Flexible Housing Pool

August 26, 2019

The City of Chicago announced on Thursday, Aug. 22, the expansion of the Chicago and Cook County Flexible Housing Pool (FHP) with a total of more than $1.8 million in new investments, including the first private investments in the program. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Advocate Aurora Health are investing a combined $1.5 million over the next three years to support the City and its...
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Eight leaders bring passion and experiences to AFC’s Board and Associate Board

August 26, 2019

At the helm of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is its 31-person Board of Directors. Each member contributes to the vision and leadership of AFC, and provides a unique perspective based on their areas of expertise and lived experiences. AFC also benefits from support, fundraising and guidance from its Associate Board, comprised of 21 young professionals and emerging leaders. This year, AFC...
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How Open Door helps the HIV community thrive

August 19, 2019

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago brings together Chicago’s HIV community and supporters each year to celebrate, honor and remember how far we have come in the HIV epidemic. Open Door Health Center of Illinois is one of the many community-based organizations that fundraises with AIDS Run & Walk Chicago year after year to help them continue providing services and support for people living...
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PAT issues statement on proposed LGBTQ discrimination against federal contractors

August 16, 2019

by Kim Hunt, Executive Director, Pride Action Tank Lately, we can’t seem to get through a week without another attempt by the Trump administration to strip away the protections of LGBTQ+ people. Yesterday, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule change that could allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people on the basis of religion. The proposed change...
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Critical medication assistance programs solidified in Illinois

August 13, 2019

Today, Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB 465 into law helping Illinoisans afford lifesaving medications. HB 465 will make health care more accessible and affordable for Illinoisans by requiring the value of copay cards to be applied towards a covered individual's out-of-pocket costs.  This bill bans copay accumulator policies in addition to regulating pharmacy benefit...
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Public charge rule finalized, harming immigrant families in the U.S.

August 13, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is profoundly disappointed that the Department of Homeland Security has decided to finalize a “public charge” rule that will place severe restrictions on who may enter or stay in the country, based on arbitrary evaluations of their supposed potential to use public assistance programs like Medicaid. “The continued barrage of intimidation...
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Illinois expands protections for LGBTQ older adults

August 12, 2019

by Kim Hunt, Executive Director, Pride Action Tank Pride Action Tank applauds Gov. JB Pritzker for signing SB1319 on Friday. The new law, which takes effect July 1, 2020, helps ensure that the needs of LGBTQ older adults and people living with HIV are recognized and supported across Illinois. Through our OUTAging Committee, we have been uplifting the voices and concerns of LGBTQ...
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Illinois approves youth access to PrEP

August 7, 2019

    On Wednesday, August 7, Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB 2665 (the Youth PrEP bill) into law. This enables young people across Illinois to access preventive health care services, like PrEP, without parental consent.  "Young people don’t wait to have sex until they’re 18, and HIV doesn’t wait either. This legislation will help ensure...
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AFC denounces use of HIV status to justify family separation

July 26, 2019

AFC is appalled to learn that the U.S. government uses HIV status as cause for the cruel separation of immigrant and migrant families. In the Oversight of Family Separation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hearing   yesterday , Chief Brian Hastings of the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) stated that HIV status is a criteria used to separate families at the border . This new, insidious...
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Illinois increases transparency of prescription drugs in Medicaid

July 15, 2019

Last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Medicaid Drug and Therapeutics Board Transparency Bill ( HB 2259).  HB 2259  seeks to increase transparency in the decision-making process and makeup of the Medicaid Drug and Therapeutics (D&T) Board. The D&T Board along with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) determines the fee-for-service medication...
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