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Governor Pritzker signs Medicaid Omnibus legislation that increases access and equity in Illinois’ health care system

May 27, 2022

By Indigo Quashie  Mission Possible: Lobby Days, 2008 CHICAGO — Today, on May 27, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker signed HB4343: Medicaid Omnibus . This law contains two of AIDS Foundation Chicago’s (AFC) 2022 state legislative priorities , encouraging Medicaid enrollment by making the current practice of Medicaid continuous eligibility for Illinoisans with...
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My client experiences with the Medicaid Redetermination process pre and post COVID-19

May 12, 2022

By Kayla Dillard Kayla Dillard, Care Coordination Specialist My experience in assisting clients with completing redeterminations in Illinois’ Medicaid program has been rather mixed. Active Medicaid coverage is extremely critical for my clients to remain in medical care with their providers, including dentists and mental health therapists. My clients have appreciated...
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AIDS Foundation Chicago wishes a happy 12th birthday to the Affordable Care Act

March 23, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Increasing access to health insurance coverage and health care services has always been one of AIDS Foundation Chicago’s (AFC) priorities when advocating for a better future for people living with or impacted by HIV. Obtaining quality health insurance in the U.S. is not only a difficult, but a notoriously expensive process for the average person in Illinois...
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AFC presents its 2022 State Legislative Policy Priorities

February 1, 2022

AIDS Foundation Chicago ( AFC) is proud to announce its 2022 state legislative policy agenda . G rounded in racial health equity, t hese legislative priorities are and will help advance the goals and priorities of the Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.  W e are extremely grateful for the collaboration of the...
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U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services visits AFC to discuss Open Enrollment

November 8, 2021

By Bailey Williams CHICAGO  -- Today, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) was thrilled to host a private roundtable discussion about open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Rep. Lauren Underwood of Naperville, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi...
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'I was sick and didn't even know it': How Medicaid helped Darrow Improve His Health

December 8, 2020

By Bailey Williams   Darrow Alexander, 57, of Chicago, started having pain in his pancreas, breathing problems and occasional chest pain. He wasn't sure what was going on and knew his options were limited because he was uninsured, but one day, he decided to go to Rush University Medical Center and inquire about his ailments.   While there, a staff member recommended...
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Heads up! New Illinois Medicaid Prescription Drug Policy Coming Jan. 1, 2020

December 18, 2019

Are you on Medicaid? Do you have patients, friends or clients who are on Medicaid? If the answer is “yes,” keep reading the important information below! On Jan. 1, 2020, prescription drug coverage is changing for Illinois Medicaid. Previously, Medicaid managed care plans covered whatever drugs they wanted. Starting in January, every plan in the state will have to cover the...
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Tell Your Story! Get Engaged!

November 20, 2019

Do you have Medicaid coverage? Do you have a loved one that has Medicaid coverage? Do you serve Medicaid patients? Then we need your help...  Protect Our Care Illinois is a statewide coalition of health care advocates, providers, consumers, and workers, joining together to improve the Illinois health care system, especially Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  We...
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Do YOUR thing! Sign up for 2020 health coverage before it’s too late!

November 11, 2019

Marketplace Open Enrollment begins Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 and ends Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 . Plan begins Jan. 1, 2020 To make sure you have health insurance for 2020, you have to enroll between Nov. 1, 2019 and Dec. 15, 2019 . If you miss the Dec. 15 deadline, you could be locked out of health insurance until 2021 AND forced to pay 100% of your medical bills. It’s not worth...
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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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