IL Gov. Pritzker strengthens commitment to end HIV epidemic

IL Gov. Pritzker strengthens commitment to end HIV epidemic
The governor signed an executive order (Source: KFVS)

ROCKFORD, IL (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker took executive action strengthening the state’s commitment to ending the HIV epidemic on Friday, February 1.

HIV affects nearly 40,000 people in the state.

“While 1,375 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2017 alone and unacceptable health disparities in communities of color continue, over the past few years we’ve seen HIV prevention funding dry up, HIV testing rates go down, and HIV prevention and treatment agencies lay off staff,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Now is not the time to back down from this fight. Now is the time to double down. This executive order defines the state’s commitment to the HIV epidemic and serves as a first step in ensuring the state is good partner in this fight.”

Gov. Pritzker signed Executive Order 2019-08, which will:

  • Invest in Programs and Services to End the Epidemic. Investments will include prevention measures the  Rauner administration had discontinued, including funding for increased  HIV testing, PrEP, the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act and other  public health initiatives. Additionally, people living with HIV along with  their healthcare providers will be invested and supported in achieving  undetectable viral loads.
  • Monitor Viral Load Metrics. The Department of Public Health and the Department of  Healthcare and Family Services, in conjunction with the contracted  Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MMCOs), shall, within 90 days of the  effective date of this Executive Order, deliver a report to the Governor  containing a plan for the MMCOs to share data with the State in accordance  with all laws and regulations governing health privacy, including a viral  load metric, so that the State can monitor progress to ensure Illinoisans  living with HIV have access to the healthcare they need to keep their  viral loads at zero.  

When there was no state budget, HIV prevention and care agencies across the state laid off staff.

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