Why enrolling is important for people living with HIV
Enrolling in Illinois HIV Care Connect will enable you to receive the care and support you need while living with HIV. Improvements in treatment and access to care have enabled many people with HIV to live full, busy lives in good health. However, you still must receive lifelong treatment for HIV; otherwise, the condition may lead to serious complications, AIDS, or other illnesses. By consistently following your treatment regimen, you also will reduce the chances of passing the infection onto someone else.
How to enroll
Contact your Illinois HIV Care Connect regional office to enroll confidentially at no charge. On the state map on this webpage, just click on your region to find the office’s regional project director, telephone number, and address. In most cases, you will bring your medical, insurance and income information to an appointment with an office staff member, who will help you submit the information needed to enroll.
Once enrolled, a case manager will determine your eligibility for services and benefits from programs including the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP Medication Assistance), Ryan White Part B, Continuation of Health Insurance Coverage (CHIC Premium Assistance) Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons Living With AIDS (HOPWA) and others. In this way, Illinois HIV Care Connect can help you better afford the health care and support services you need to manage your HIV and achieve optimal health and self-sufficiency. In many cases, services will be available near your home.
Services may include:
- Outpatient/ambulatory health care
- Mental health care
- Oral health care
- Medical nutritional therapy
- Substance abuse services (outpatient)
- Food bank
- Legal assistance
- Medical transportation
- Psychosocial support
- Utility and short-term rent assistance
Not all of the above services may be available, and the nature of services may vary, by regional office.