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AIDS Foundation
of Chicago outlines policy priorities

AIDS Foundation
of Chicago outlines policy priorities

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago this week released "Bringing an End to AIDS," a document outlining its policy priorities for 2006.

On the federal level, AFC is calling on Congress to reauthorize and adequately fund the Ryan White Act, the federal program that provides money for AIDS services that officially expired at the end of October 2005. The foundation also is urging Congress and policy makers to strengthen and expand Medicaid, the nation's largest provider of HIV-related medical care; enhance Medicare Part D, which provides antiretroviral medications to many low-income HIVers; increase funding for AIDS housing programs; and fund scientifically proven HIV prevention programs.

On the state level, AFC calls on Illinois lawmakers to ensure access to antiretroviral medications and medical care for low-income state residents; expand HIV prevention services for high-risk populations; and better address HIV among prisoners.

The report was prepared to educate policy makers, community groups, and the media about steps that can be taken to better fight AIDS on both the national level and specifically in Illinois. It can be accessed online at (

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