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Living with HIV — and without stable health insurance

June 8, 2017

By Anthony Millspaugh "Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant...." So begins the achingly poignant memoir The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, an exploration of love and loss, grief and resilience. In October 2005, it was the book I was reading when I received a call from a specialist who had recently conducted a procedure ordered by my doctor; the news...
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Next to - or better than - normal

December 12, 2016

Jeff Tomlinson is what you might call a “normal guy.” He was born and raised in rural Illinois; he has worked as a teacher in the U.S. and in other countries; he goes out and dates and volunteers. But he worries about things that some don’t have to worry about: as someone living with HIV who depends on vital, threatened programs like ADAP, he knows that his health care...
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AFC denounces Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts to HIV and related programs and services in budget for FY 2017

February 18, 2016

AFC urges passage of a positive budget to ensure essential services continue On Wednesday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner once again presented the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that fails to protect the most vulnerable people in the state. Eight months into the fiscal year and without a budget in place that funds essential services, Governor Rauner proposed a budget for...
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AFC applauds IDPH for adding hepatitis C medications to ADAP formulary

February 11, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) thanks the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for adding hepatitis C medications to the list of drugs available under the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which ensures that people living with HIV have access to life-saving treatments. The IDPH decision is especially significant given that about one-third of people living with...
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Cost and coverage of HIV and hepatitis medications in the Illinois health insurance marketplace

December 11, 2015

Updated Dec. 22, 2015 with finalized report from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School To help people living with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) choose health insurance marketplace plans, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School have collected information...
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Declare ADAP an essential service ahead of government shutdown in IL

June 19, 2015

On July 1, Illinois state government will shut down if the General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner cannot come to an agreement on a budget. This could mean a grim future for people with HIV in Illinois, as programs like the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) might shut down. ADAP provides lifesaving HIV medications to low-income people living with HIV. The number of people...
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Advocates oppose 25% cut to HIV funding in 2015 budget

February 18, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today proposed a $31.5 billion budget for the state’s next fiscal year that contains draconian cuts to the Illinois Department of Public Health and HIV services. The state’s last fiscal year saw $26 million appropriated for HIV-related services, but Rauner proposed slashing HIV services in FY 2016 to $20 million, a nearly 25% reduction.  ...
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Important Announcements from Illinois ADAP about CountyCare and Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Program

June 6, 2013

1)    Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Program transfer to federal program: The Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Program (IPXP) will transfer all enrollees to the federal Pre-Existing Condition Program (PCIP) effective July 1, 2013. The federal government made a decision to no longer fund state PCIPs because of limited funding.  These programs were created by the Affordable...
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Illinois Announces Reduced Access to HIV Medication Assistance, Effective July 1

April 18, 2011

AFC Urges Governor, General Assembly to Reverse Decision in the Interest of Public Health On April 15, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced plans to restrict access to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to new applicants with incomes at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($32,670 for a single individual) beginning in July.  The current...
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Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program Update

February 8, 2011

There are two important changes to Illinois ADAP that will benefit people with HIV who get their medications from either private insurance or Medicare.  In addition, a third change may make it possible for people on ADAP to afford comprehensive health insurance under the new Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.  1.  More help with co-pays and premiums if...
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The HIV Resource Coordination HUB (the HUB) is Chicago’s one-stop shop for comprehensive healthcare, regardless of HIV status.   

Now approaching its third anniversary, the HUB is a community partnership between AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) and the Center on Halsted to expand access and reduce the friction of linkage to healthcare, housing, and support services in the Chicago area. Since launching February 2020, the Resource HUB has provided comprehensive information, direct connections to HIV and Housing services and emergency financial assistance to over 1,500 individuals living with and vulnerable to HIV. The HUB is funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). 

To expand awareness of this vital resource in the South and West communities, the HUB’s fall campaign “Navigating Healthcare Sucks” is on the public transit buses, trains and stations of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) citywide!  Made possible with support from CDPH and GILEAD Sciences, this bi-lingual campaign can be seen prominently at 21 “L” train stations on the Red, Green, and Orange lines and 200+ train cars and bus banners in South and West Side neighborhoods. 

We’re excited to share the news of the campaign with you and our partners in the network! Don’t forget the hashtag #HIVhub!  

 

How do I connect to the HUB?  

  • Call 1-844-HUB-4040 to connect you to the Center on Halsted HIV/ STI Call & PrEP center to reach a rapid response team to support you in navigating services that you need 
  • Visit hivhub.org to access Your Resource HUB portal where you can apply for financial assistance programs and communicate directly with a Rapid Response team member.  In addition, use our provider locator! With your zip code, you can search for service providers citywide including HIV prevention, treatment, healthcare navigation, housing and PrEP support.  
  • Interested in learning more about how the HUB can assist you? Attend our pop-up clinic at the Center on Halsted-South MPV/bivalent clinics on Thursdays Oct 20 and Oct 27, from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm. Registration required. Address: 6323 S Cottage Grove 

 

For questions about the HUB or updates regarding the HUB or accessing care, reach out to 
 
Anthony Guerrero Short, MS  
HIV Resource Coordination HUB Manager at aguerrero@aidschicago.org  
 
Melanie Cross  
Senior Manager, Care Systems Management at mcross@aidschicago.org