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State Representative Lamont Robinson tackles Youth and PrEP in first bill passed out of IL House

April 10, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) congratulates State Representative Lamont Robinson (D-Chicago) on successfully passing HB 2665 (the Youth PrEP bill) out of the Illinois House.  AFC thanks the House members who supported this bill and especially Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago). HB 2665 would align Illinois law with federal guidance on a minor’s ability to access...
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IL expands Medicaid coverage for trans and gender-nonconforming residents

April 5, 2019

Today, Gov. Pritzker fulfilled a campaign promise and announced that Illinois Medicaid will cover gender-affirming health care services for transgender and gender-nonconforming people!  Read the official statement here. For many years, Illinois Medicaid had likely violated the state’s own Human Rights Act by banning Medicaid coverage for medically-necessary, gender-affirming...
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Black women in Chicago invited to catch desire while preventing HIV

March 8, 2019

To improve awareness of PrEP among Chicago’s Black cisgender women and the providers who serve them, the local award-winning HIV prevention campaign PrEP4Love today released a three-song “visual EP” in partnership with local OB/GYN and rapper Dr. Every Woman — a.k.a. Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald — and Northwestern University-based media platform OTV - Open Television...
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IL Gov. Pritzker proposes level HIV funding in his first budget address

February 21, 2019

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker gave his first budget address on Wednesday, Feb. 20, which included level funding for HIV services in fiscal year 2020 (FY2020). Pritzker stated that his proposed budget is more austere than he would like, but it is the first step in a four-year plan to put Illinois back on the path of prosperity and growth for its people, communities, businesses and economy. The governor...
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Gov. Pritzker signs executive order supporting HIV/AIDS services

February 1, 2019

On Friday, Feb. 1, Governor JB Pritzker expressed his administration’s commitment to ending the HIV epidemic by signing Executive Order 2019-08 in Rockford.  We share our deepest gratitude for Gov. JB Pritzker's commitment to  signing an Executive Order to strengthen investment in HIV services and programs , and to use viral load metrics to ensure Illinoisians living with...
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[UPDATED] We stand with Jussie Smollett

January 30, 2019

[UPDATED March 27, 2019] Yesterday, we reshared on our social media accounts a statement from January about Jussie Smollett and the horrific hate crime that he reported. Much has changed in the story since Jan. 30. Truthfully, we may never know what happened that night — or what happened in recent days and weeks to lead to no convictions, no trial, no justice. What we at AFC...
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Policy and legislative wrap up for 2018

January 11, 2019

2018 was another year full of policy and legislative ups and downs on all levels. However, AFC and like-minded advocates across the country stayed strong when faced with sometimes harsh and inhumane policies that threatened the livelihoods of our communities. Here are a few of the most influential policy and legislative highlights of the year.   Illinois Medicaid hepatitis C...
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Open Enrollment and what it means for Trans and GNC folks

December 12, 2018

By Kirstin Brockenborough Enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will be open for a few more days, and the excitement for another year of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) is still in the air. (It could also be climate change, but who knows!)   The ACA created a way to expand Medicaid and create more opportunities for people to enroll in...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Legal Council for Health Justice Statement on Medicaid Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions

November 7, 2018

Legal Council for Health Justice and AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) laud the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) announcement today ending the department’s policy of rationing coverage of life-saving drugs to cure hepatitis C (HCV) for Medicaid participants.  As the deadliest infectious disease in the U.S., HCV affects an estimated 3.5 million Americans. ...
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Pride Action Tank: We See You

October 23, 2018

To co-opt the words of old Kanye, “Donald Trump doesn’t care about transgender people.” This president of the United States has put a target on the backs of our trans-kin, and we cannot be silent about it.    According to the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable...
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