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This morning the Legal Council went to court with Shriver Center to get Illinois to make Medicaid payments in light of the budget impasse. The court ruled in our favor, and the State must pay for all Medicaid services in Cook County.

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In ACA, majority rules

Statement from executive director Tom Yates, on the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell decision.

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Happy News in a Budget Crisis

Illinois is megasuperduper bankrupt.  That’s old news.  But we’re happy to report some megasuperduper good news when it comes to helping people with HIV afford their health insurance costs in the middle of a megasuperduper budget crisis.  The Illinois CHIC program, which pays certain insurance premiums for folks with HIV, has expanded its services.  We’ll say it again:  at a time when no one in Illinois government has two nickles to rub together, the CHIC program, which is run by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is able to help more people.  Can I get an ‘amen?’  Or at least a ‘woo hoo?’ OK, so here are the specifics: CHIC is now able to pay the premium for your Medicare Part D plan (that’s your prescription drug plan) CHIC will pay your COBRA premium up to $750 a month (the limit...

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ObamaCare is Good for People with HIV

Yeah, yeah, we know the term “ObamaCare” is often used to denigrate the Affordable Care Act, which the President signed into law on March 23, 2010.  But since Mr. Obama himself recently said he doesn’t mind the term — since it suggests that he cares about the health insurance needs of Americans — we’re going to use it, too.  The Affordable Care Act is one heck of a big piece legislation.  Understanding all of its intricacies is beyond most mortals.  But the nearly-immortal brainiacs at HIV Health Reform have as a good a handle on the law as anybody.   And they’ve just put out a fact sheet entitled, “Six Ways the Affordable Care Act Will Help People with HIV.”  Here’s perhaps our favorite of the six: 4. Private health insurance companies will have to play by the new rules. The health...

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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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ADAP to the Rescue!

If you have private health insurance or Medicare, there are important changes in the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) that may help you with some of your drug costs. Additionally, ADAP may make it possible for some people to afford comprehensive health insurance coverage under the new Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP). First and foremost: The income eligibility limit for Illinois ADAP is 500% of federal poverty. That means for 2011, your annual income must be less $54, 450 in order for you to enroll in any of ADAP’s programs. So let’s dig in and explain. For folks with private insurance: ADAP used to pay drug copays for people with private health insurance, but only if the copays were more than 20% of the drug costs or if a drug’s individual copay was more than $100. But...

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