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What you need to know about HIV criminalization in Illinois

October 10, 2019

By Coleman Goode  The term “HIV criminalization” refers to criminal prosecution of people living with HIV/AIDS including for non-disclosure of their HIV status, potential or perceived HIV exposure or HIV transmission.  These laws were put into effect during the early years of the HIV epidemic when there was little to no understanding about how HIV was transmitted...
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Inspiring action through community

September 24, 2019

To the backdrop of Fahrenheit Chicago , Serette  B. King ( Zoliy Miyake-Mugler) and Terry Dudley from Howard Brown Health and David Dodd from Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus share what inspiring action means to them, and how their work helps inspire action within Chicago’s LGBTQ+ and HIV communities.  On Saturday, Oct. 5, HIV advocates from across Chicago will gather...
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I advocate because...

September 20, 2019

Every year, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes advocates and staff to talk with elected officials in Springfield about the needs and concerns of the HIV community. The legislative session gives us an opportunity to talk about current legislation that directly impacts us and the communities we serve. We speak up to humanize health care, housing and employment policies intended to help...
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“There’s still life after HIV”

September 18, 2019

Curtis Montgomery has been an advocate with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) for over 10 years. Currently serving on the Ryan White Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Curtis is passionate about educating people about HIV prevention and serving as an example that being diagnosed with HIV is not the end. He, along with his fellow CAB members, are embarking on a mission to spread awareness about...
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Illinoisans are ensured more accessible lifesaving medications

August 27, 2019

  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 managers. HB 465 was sponsored by Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) in the House and Sen. Andy Manar...
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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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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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