Our work

Legislative action

AFC advocates for legislative reform on the state and national level. Our state and federal legislative agendas are formed in collaboration with the HIV community across the state. We have a strong presence in Springfield during the legislative session with dedicated staff and community advocates working to advance policies that address the needs of the HIV community.


NEW: Policy Priorities, 2019-2020

The year 2019 ushers in a new paradigm in both Illinois and at the national level. With the election of Governor J.B. Pritzker, Illinois is once again one-party, Democratic-controlled at the state government level. Though U.S. President Donald Trump (R) remains the head of the federal executive branch, the Congressional chambers have become divided with the Democratic party gaining control of the House of Representatives and the Republican Party retaining control of the Senate. 

In the midst of these changes, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) remains committed to continuing, creating and advocating for sound HIV, health care and housing policy. Click here to read our overview.

2018 End of sessions legislative report and budget overview

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) led and partnered on several bills during the 2018 Illinois General Assembly regular session, including legislation to prevent the state from implanting a policy that would curtail the availability of HIV medications in the Medicaid program (HB 4096), a bill that mandates the Illinois Governor to seek legislative approval before submitting a waiver to the federal government that impedes or diminishes an existing healthcare benefit (HB 4165), and a bill that defines and regulates short-term, limited coverage insurance plans’ sale in Illinois (HB 2624). AFC also worked diligently to adequately fund a state budget that preserves and protects vital services for HIV and other chronic diseases. A fully funded budget was passed on signed into law on June 4, 2018.

Click here to review our end of session report.

2017 - 2018 Policy priorities

AFC is committed to continuing, creating and advocating for sound HIV policy. We have released our 2017-2018 policy priorities. These priorities were formed in consultation with community members across the state, and outline the focus of our legislative advocacy and policy work for the coming years.

Our policy priorities include:

  • Prevention and Services: Protect and preserve vital HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment services, including access to Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and male and female condoms.
  • Linkage to care and retention: Promote and support policies that increase linkage to care and retention to improve the health of people living with HIV and reduce the number of new HIV infections.
  • Treatment and supportive services: As linkage and retention to care become more important, we must improve or develop legislation and/or policies related to increasing treatment and supportive services so people in care can take full advantage of these services.
  • Structural barriers: Because individual and structural barriers such as poverty, incarceration, and unemployment can keep people from fully engaging in care, we must aim to remove them.

You can read the full list of policy priorities here.


Past success

We are excited by the progress that has been made in recent years. Click the links below for a detailed summary of legislation AFC advocated for in that year.