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This new insurance loophole could affect people on HIV meds, including PrEP

May 2, 2018

Do you use a copay card to help pay for name-brand HIV drugs for treatment or PrEP? If you do, watch out: your insurance company might have a new policy that doesn’t let your copay card (a.k.a. your copay assistance card) help you afford your medications. We’re talking about “copay accumulators” — policies some insurance companies are using that could make your...
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Making the most of your Marketplace health insurance

January 26, 2018

By Ashley Slupski First of all, congratulations! You did it! You took the first of many steps to living your healthiest life by getting health care coverage (and avoiding a hefty tax penalty). If you missed the Open Enrollment deadline, you may still be qualified for a Special Enrollment period because of a life change or a loss of insurance coverage. This year, a special enrollment...
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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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Taking PrEP? Thinking about it? Find an Illinois health plan that works for you – and get help paying for it!

November 13, 2017

People who are HIV-negative and vulnerable to HIV infection can take a daily medication called Truvada to help prevent HIV. It’s recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. If you need health insurance, you can shop for and choose a plan on the health insurance marketplace (must be before Friday,...
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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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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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United Healthcare discriminates against vulnerable populations by denying PrEP access

August 4, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and partners demand United Healthcare halt their practices and policies that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Earlier this year, United Health Care began to send members letters denying access to Truvada prescribed for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP. The reason for denial? According to the letter, shown in full below or click here to view ,...
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Trump's shadow lingers over affordable health care

July 26, 2017

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) strongly condemns the actions taken by a majority of Senate Republicans’ vote to advance a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has provided access to comprehensive health care coverage for nearly 24 million Americans. If signed into law by President Trump without a proper replacement, over 1.2 million Illinoisans would lose their...
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