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Less To Worry About

If you have AIDS or are HIV positive, you probably know the financial burdens of health care insurance and drug costs. Talking about how to afford the medical services and drug treatments associated with AIDS and HIV can be an endless discussion.

But someone has been listening. And there are a few things you should know:

  • If you have AIDS or are HIV positive and live in Illinois, you could be eligible for two state-funded programs that can help with your medical care expenses. The Illinois Department of Public Health would like to talk to you about how it can help meet your needs through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and the Continuation of Health Insurance Coverage Program.
  • The Continuation of Health Insurance Coverage Program helps people who have AIDS or HIV and have left their jobs. Many people who no longer work for an employer can still, by law, receive health insurance coverage through their employers for 18 months. This program helps pay the monthly payments (premiums) for the health insurance you continue to receive, including family insurance that covers your spouse or children.

Call the Illinois Department of Public Health AIDS/HIV and STD Information Hotline at 1-800-243-2437, TTY (hearing impaired use only) 1-800-782-0423, to find out more about these programs and how to apply.

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Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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