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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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Pride for PrEP in Illinois

June 28, 2019

By AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Policy and Advocacy Chair, Craig W. Johnson Hold on to your rainbow-hued glasses as we list how PrEP can help us eliminate the transmission of HIV by 2030. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago along with Governor J.B Pritzker and Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health announced the Getting to Zero Illinois plan in Springfield last month, a...
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Governor Pritzker, Please Revise Medicaid Rules for Gender-affirming Care

June 25, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago, in partnership with Illinois advocates, implore Governor Pritzker to revise currently proposed Medicaid regulation. This month, during Pride, our community makes time to celebrate and takes time to reflect on our history. With an eye towards both celebration and reflection, we have to take stock of the current landscape of LGBTQ healthcare access, especially...
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Brick by brick, Stonewall paved the way for an effective response to AIDS

June 25, 2019

By Brian Solem Some say it started with a brick — a brick hurled at New York City Police Department officers by a trans woman of color (perhaps Marsha P. Johnson , perhaps someone else). The brick (or high heel or shot glass or heavy bag or other projectile — reports vary ) was a response to a violent, Saturday-night raid of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay space in New York...
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Study shows PrEP4Love campaign reaches millions of individuals to build awareness about vital HIV-prevention tool

June 19, 2019

A recent study by the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination at the University of Chicago reveals the PrEP4Love social marketing campaign generated roughly 41 million unique views across various social media platforms within four months of its pilot launch across Chicago.    In 2016, the Chicago PrEP Working Group (now the Illinois PrEP working Group) launched PrEP4Love , a citywide,...
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Meet our new VP of Policy & Advocacy!

June 14, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is excited to welcome Nadeen Israel to its leadership staff as Vice President of Policy & Advocacy.   Nadeen started at AFC earlier in 2018 as the Director of Policy, bringing her extensive expertise of influencing policies impacting Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, Ryan White Care Act and more. In her new role as VP...
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New Statewide Coalition Created to End Criminalization of People Living With HIV

June 13, 2019

The Illinois HIV Action Alliance is a new statewide coalition of legal, health, policy organizations, and other advocates - launched today in an organized effort to end HIV criminalization in Illinois. Currently, Illinois law criminalizes people living with HIV who are aware of their status and engage in condomless anal or vaginal intercourse (or who shares needles, donates blood,...
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