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And the Winners Are…

April 10, 2009

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago’s 2009 Advocates of the Year have been announced. And what a lovely crew they are! If you want to help us honor the work they’ve done on behalf of people with HIV, come to our Advocates of the Year party on Tuesday, May 5. It’ll be at the fancy schmancy…

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The Ethicist is a Pinhead

April 8, 2009

So have you read the idiotic column in the New York Times by the self-appointed “Ethicist,” Randy Cohen? This chowderhead seems to be operating on pre-1983 knowledge of HIV. In his March 25, 2009 column, he addresses this antediluvian question: does a person with HIV have an ethical duty to disclose his HIV status to…

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Welcome to America, Gilles!

April 2, 2009

We do love reporting stories with happy endings. So here we go. Gilles is from Cameroon, and was granted asylum by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in August of 2005. Gilles wanted to get a green card so that he would be an official ‘lawful permanent resident,’ the first step toward becoming…

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Steven Barrera, Superduper Hero

March 26, 2009

In truth, it’s nothing special. We here at AIDS Legal Council often have to rush out of the office to help clients in tight spots. But here’s a story that reminds us why it’s important for the Council to be ready at a moment’s notice to leap tall buildings in a single bound (metaphorically, of…

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Know Your Rights!

March 24, 2009

Doesn’t it seem that every time you read some “helpful publication” that explains your legal rights, you spend half your time looking up all the big words that only attorneys could possibly understand? Well, once again, AIDS Legal Council comes to your rescue. We hate convoluted legal mumbo-jumbo just as much as you do. That’s…

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If You Talk, You Pay

March 20, 2009

Remember the case of the loose-lipped phlebotomist? It has a happy ending. A few months ago we told you about Leonard, who got his blood drawn at a suburban hospital. He started chatting with the phlebotomist, and it turned out that her nephew worked in the same store as Leonard. A few weeks later, everyone…

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I’m Just a Bill…Part 2

March 19, 2009

Did you know that if a school-aged child in Illinois tests HIV-positive, the Department of Health is required to notify that child’s school principal? And if the child is enrolled in a public school, the principal must identify that child to the superintendent? And the principal may also tell the child’s classroom teachers? This law,…

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The VA Wises Up

March 18, 2009

File this one under “You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me, It’s Not 1983 Anymore.” Our client Mark is a disabled veteran. A few years ago he was a raging alcoholic and drug addict. Then he started going to NA and AA meetings every day — yes, every day — for 18 months (hell, I can’t…

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The Council Loses a Colleague and Friend

March 17, 2009

About 10 years ago, a guy called me with a messy insurance problem. For reasons neither of us could figure out, his insurer wasn’t paying several bills for routine care. The caller was mouthy, cranky, a little demanding — and he understood the ins and outs of the American health insurance system better than anyone…

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