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Meet Cyndi Lauper!

Normally we’re not ones to name-drop, but how often do we get to hobnob with a true pop music icon — and one who really knows how to let her freak flag fly?  That’s right, we’re talking about Cyndi Lauper.  And technically we haven’t hobnobbed with her yet.  But our people have been in communication with her people, and big things are in the works. And why do you care that Cyndi Lauper loves us?  Because we’ve arranged for you to rub elbows with Cyndi Lauper herself.  She’s opening her new musical, Kinky Boots, right here in Chicago, and the groovy folks at Broadway in Chicago made some special tickets available to us.  And if you buy a ticket, you not only support our work — you get an invitation to a private cocktail swanky-danky reception with Ms. Lauper. The big...

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What’s In It For You?

By now you’ve probably read a few new stories, several blog posts, many Facebook rants and a bazillion Twitter tweets about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.  We’re not going to add to the blogo-spew.  We’re just going to point you to a nifty little online tool that the Washington Post devised to help you figure how the Act might affect your personal decisions regarding your future health insurance. You just answer a few questions anonymously — Do you have health insurance?  How many people are in your household? —  and out pops a useful little explanation of how your options now compare to your options in 2014 (when the Affordable Care Act goes fully into effect).  Pretty nifty, we think.  Just click here and try it for...

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Cleaning Up Your Social Media

We often gets calls from people who tell us someone has disclosed their HIV status on Facebook.  Or Twitter.  Or MySpace.  Or any of a number of social media sites.  Is there anything you can do if this happens to you? We’ve put together a handy-dandy guide to protecting your confidentiality on all the major social media websites.  Don’t believe us?  Well you can read it for yourself right...

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Illinois Cares Rx, the Day After

You may have already heard that Illinois Cares Rx, the program that helps pay prescription drug costs for elderly and disabled people in Illinois, has become a victim of the state’s budget crisis.  The program will be eliminated as of July 1, 2012. So if you’re one of the 150,000 Illinoisans who has been covered by the program, what are you supposed to do?  Well, the good folks over at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law have put together a top-notch article laying out all the available options.  You can read it here. And if you still have questions about your particular situation, feel free to give us a call at...

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Communicable? Not Anymore … And Never Really Was

Here’s a call we get with some regularity.  Someone gets a new job, and the employer presents a form that has to be filled out.  The form asks if the employee has any “communicable diseases.”  Oy gevult. Now, if you’ve got, say, bubonic plague, your employer would need to know.  But HIV?  Unless you’re a porn star or a prostitute (hey, we don’t judge), you’re not going to put anyone at risk for HIV through your routine job functions.  So do you have to disclose your HIV status if your employer gives you the dreaded communicable disease questionnaire? Well, if you live in Illinois, the answer is a clear-cut “no.”  Why?  Because the Illinois Department of Public Health does not include HIV and AIDS on its list of icky conditions that are “communicable, infectious or contagious.”  Instead HIV and AIDS are properly deemed to be...

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