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Throughout its long history, the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program has gone through many changes — funding ups and downs, formulary caps, eligibility expansions. But the program has never had a waiting list. That may be about to change. Last week the Medical Issues Advisory Board, comprised of medical professionals, legal experts and people with HIV, voted unanimously to urge the immediate closure of the program to new applicants and institute a waiting list. The problem? Illinois’s massive budget deficit. David Ernesto Munar, vice president of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, lamented that unless a waiting list is established, the entire program is in jeopardy. “Because the program is deeply underfunded, Illinois must take immediate steps to preserve services for those who rely on ADAP for their life-saving care,” he said. The Board’s recommendation is now under review by...

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Getting Your HIV Meds: A Primer

Good morning, class….class!…Class! Sit turn, turn off your Gameboys and pay attention for five minutes! It’s time for a quick lesson we like to call, “How to Get Your HIV Medications. Since there are myriad government programs designed to help people of modest incomes get their medications (Medicaid, Medicare, Illinois Cares Rx, ADAP, Extra Help) we won’t make fun of you if you’re a little confused. So let’s outline the basics. Medicaid, also called a “medical card,” is health insurance for people who are disabled and have very low incomes — less than $927 a month. Most everyone who receives SSI can get Medicaid. People who receive SSDI checks less than $927 can also get Medicaid (if your SSDI is more than $927, you will have a Medicaid ‘spend-down,’ which is a monthly deductible). Medicaid will pay for your...

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