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.
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.
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.
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:
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.