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Hey, America: your high rents are hurting people’s health

January 17, 2018

By Brian Solem Housing and health are inseparably linked. You’re more likely to be in consistently good health if your housing costs (rent or mortgage plus utilities, groceries and other household needs) take up a limited slice ( 30% by most estimates ) of your overall budget. If you are barely making ends meet, your health might show it, and you become more susceptible to unstable...
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My voice represents millions more

January 11, 2018

By Will Wilson Longtime HIV advocate and Chicago resident Will Wilson was invited to share his first-person account of using Medicaid and Affordable Care Act services to the people in charge of nationwide Medicare and Medicaid services.  It was cold, dark, and I was up way earlier than normal. Still, I was excited. I was heading to Washington D.C. to share my story with Calder...
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2017 Policy and Legislative Victories

January 3, 2018

By Raven Feagins As advocates, we work hard to ensure the rights of our communities are protected. Despite the whirlwind that was 2017 (a.k.a. the year that made me question my faith in humanity), together we did have some wins.  Below are six major victories we've achieved this year. 1. The ACA is still the law! One of the biggest challenges this year has...
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Undetectable = Untransmittable – The Noise, the Joys and the Nuances

December 7, 2017

By Jim Pickett On Sept. 22, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the world’s foremost health authority, released one of the most important paragraphs they’ve ever written: "Scientific advances have shown that antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserves the health of people living with HIV . We also have strong evidence of the prevention effectiveness...
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Stonewall Strong (excerpt) By John-Manuel Andriote

November 8, 2017

This post is an excerpt from John-Manual Andriote’s recently published book Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community . The walls of Jim Pickett’s office at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago display the set of posters created for a new campaign aimed at promoting PrEP use by the gay men and women, including transgender...
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How your clinic can resist unlawful ICE activity

November 1, 2017

Edited by Ashley Slupski Adapted from the National Immigration Law Center Hospitals, clinic and other health care settings have a role to play in protecting undocumented communities.  Here’s what health care administrators should do to provide the best environment to protect the rights of patients and providers: Establish a written policy designating...
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Get ready for Health Insurance Open Enrollment: 6 things to do before you enroll

October 19, 2017

Despite what you may have heard (or not heard) from the White House, you can still get a health insurance plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment begins on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Make sure you get the best health plan for you by taking the following steps before you enroll: Pay off any balances on your current health...
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Trump ends ACA subsidies for insurers, shattering health care coverage for low-income Americans

October 13, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) stands in strong opposition to the Trump administration’s announcement to no longer fund cost-sharing reduction payments for insurers. This move is a spiteful display of leadership. Not paying the subsidies will send the health insurance exchanges into turmoil and could take away access to high-quality, affordable health insurance coverage for Illinois...
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Providers Unite: Protect the Undocumented Community

October 5, 2017

Edited by Ashley Slupski Adapted from the National Immigration Law Center The increased threat of deportation causes many immigrants to go without necessary medical services. Here’s how health care providers can protect undocumented patients according to the law: Want more information? Visit National Immigration Law Center’s hub for health care providers ....
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Advocacy organizations celebrate results as UnitedHealthcare swiftly reverses discriminatory PrEP practices

August 8, 2017

Fourteen health and social justice organizations from across the U.S. wish to celebrate the people-powered effort behind UnitedHealthcare responding so swiftly to demands that they improve access to the HIV drug Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medical intervention that prevents HIV infection. On Friday, Aug. 4, UnitedHealthcare received a joint letter from this coalition objecting...
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