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AIDS Community Remembers Lonnie Fulton

September 28, 2010

Community Advocate Lonnie Fulton passed away on September 9, 2010. His fellow members of the AIDS Housing Advisory Council had these words to share: Susan Armstrong – "Lonnie was a great mentor; my first effort at public speaking was with him." Fernando Blasco – "He was an honest man, a wonderful person and very valuable to the community." Patrice...
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AIDS Community Remembers Lester Ward

September 28, 2010

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Care and Housing Teams mourn the loss of case manger and housing advocate Lester Ward. Lester was a committed and caring individual who formally began his work in the HIV community in 1999 at Asian Human Services. Lester managed to find balance between his career and personal life. He was an avid movie buff and lover of the theater. As an advocate...
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Uninsured? HIV+? Moderate-income? New health insurance option!

September 2, 2010

The Illinois Department of Insurance recently launched the new Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP) .  The plan is designed for uninsured people with HIV and other preexisting conditions (including hepatitis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and others).  Because the plan is federally subsidized, the premiums are much more affordable than other high-risk insurance plans. ...
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Quinn Budget Highlights AIDS Drug Assistance Program

July 2, 2010

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced today that state funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which provides life-saving HIV medications to low-income people with HIV, will be sufficient to “serve approximately 4,500 clients a month – an increase of 400” program recipients. In the last nine months, the program provided HIV/AIDS medications to an average of 4,165 Illinoisans...
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66 Organizations Urge Gov. Quinn to Allocate Full Funding to HIV Programs in 2011 State Budget

June 23, 2010

Sixty-six organizations from around Illinois signed on to a letter urging Governor Quinn to allocate sufficient funding to HIV programs to avert an AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting list and continue community-based HIV prevention and care programs. The letter also highlights the funding needs of other programs that are critical for the lives and health of people with HIV. Read the...
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What's up with the state budget, and what's it mean for HIV services?

June 3, 2010

Yes, we have a state budget. Well, sort of. Actually, it’s kinda complicated. Let’s break it down. The General Assembly passed on May 25 a state budget. However, this budget is deeply flawed. It doesn’t address the state’s nearly $6 billion in unpaid bills, relies too heavily on one-time revenue, and jeopardizes services for all Illinoisans. Most importantly,...
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It's up to you, Governor Quinn

May 27, 2010

This week, the Illinois General Assembly sent Governor Pat Quinn a state budget bill (HB 859) that gives him unprecedented ability to fund - or not fund - state programs in fiscal year 2011. The ball is in the governor's court. HB 859 gives Governor Quinn sole authority to allocate funding to lifesaving HIV programs such as the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), HIV prevention...
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Stop an ADAP Wait List in Illinois

May 24, 2010

Facing an historic budget crisis that could destabilize HIV treatment access for more than 4,000 low-income Illinoisans with HIV/AIDS, a state advisory panel voted on May 21 to urge Illinois to immediately close the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to new applicants and begin a waiting list. The recommendation is now under review by state officials. “Because the program is deeply...
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Washington Needs to Hear from You!

April 14, 2010

Raise your voice and let the President and Congress know that the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) needs help immediately. ADAP is funded by the federal government and states and provides lifesaving medications to people with HIV. Nationwide, more than 850 people with HIV in 10 states are on waiting lists to access ADAP , meaning they cannot receive HIV medications. Financially...
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Illinois Official: Budget crisis could push 500 people off HIV medication assistance

April 8, 2010

Attention Individuals, Consumers, Service Providers and Friends! HIV/AIDS Funding Petition! Beginning July 1, 2010, Illinois state government will need to operate with approximately half the revenue that was available one year ago. Life-saving services, including medications, supportive services, housing, and HIV prevention programs, are at risk of severe reductions or elimination...
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