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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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Getting to zero through sex ed

January 4, 2019

By Raven Feagins This post originally appeared on November 29, 2018 on GTZIllinois.hiv . Conversations around U=U , PrEP and condom use are common among folks in the HIV workforce, but how can these conversations get started in middle and high school classrooms? The Hult Center for Healthy Living addresses this, among other topics, in their comprehensive sexual health curriculum...
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Midterm elections redirect Illinois’ path forward

November 7, 2018

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, people around Illinois and across the country went to the voting booth to participate in the most basic right and responsibility in our republic: to duly elect those we shall entrust to represent us at all levels of government.  Every two years we as a nation make our voices heard, and in Illinois that voice was a clear and ringing denunciation of the type of politics...
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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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Seeking treatment beyond medication

September 25, 2018

By Raven Feagins McHenry, Illinois, has been Jamie Braxton's home since she was 8 years old. She loves the familiarity that living in a smaller city brings (McHenry has a population of 26,600). Jamie (pictured at left, in center) grew up in a two-parent household, regularly attended church and describes her upbringing as overall normal. In 1995, when she was 33 years old, she even began...
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AFC Statement on Governor Rauner’s veto to protect health equity legislation

August 28, 2018

Over the course of the last two weeks, Governor Bruce Rauner has deemed it necessary to veto three pieces of health care access and treatment legislation that would have had a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of people living with chronic illnesses, including HIV.  The disappointment we feel in the Governor’s actions is tempered by the knowledge that all of these bills will...
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Join us NOW to override the governor's veto of HB 4096

August 22, 2018

Today, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is deeply disappointed that Gov. Bruce Rauner is playing political games with the lives of millions of Illinois residents who rely on the Medicaid program for access to their lifesaving medications, including people living with HIV. Sign this petition now to urge legislators to override the governor’s veto Gov. Rauner issued a veto...
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AFC issues FOIA request to support Medicaid recipients

August 8, 2018

UPDATE 9/7/2018:  The response we received from both departments failed to directly answer the questions presented to them, calling the request  “overly time consuming and unduly burdensome”. In response to this,  AFC has made a request to the Illinois attorney general's Office of Public Access Counselor  to determine whether DHS and HFS violated...
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Paying the Price: the truth about HCV treatment on Medicaid

July 27, 2018

By Ashley Brown UPDATE: In November 2018, the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) announced that a hepatitis C cure would be accessible for thousands more Illinoisans on Medicaid, many of whom were previously denied treatment until they reached end-stage disease. Learn more here . If you are on Medicaid in Illinois and have hepatitis C, be prepared to wait...
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Mr. Goode Goes to Springfield

June 21, 2018

By Coleman Goode On a dark May morning, I arrived at work before the sun was up fighting off nerves ahead of my first large Springfield Advocacy Day here at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). Our mission: deliver over 100 advocates to the state capitol to advocate for a positive budget with their state legislators. Our message was clear: they need to fully fund HIV programs and...
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