Over One Billion to Help States, Territories Deliver HIV/AIDS Care

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HIV/AIDS Funding

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has announced more than $1.1 billion in funding to help states and territories provide care, medications and services for low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

The grants are awarded under Part B of Title XXVI of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended by the newly enacted Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006. Part B of Title XXVI of the PHS Act was previously referred to as Title II of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, the predecessor statute.

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"For more than 15 years, Ryan White programs have been the lifeline for thousands of individuals living with HIV/AIDS," Secretary Leavitt said. "The new legislation will greatly expand our ability to serve them with more effective care and services."

The awards includes Part B base grants, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) grants, and Emerging Community (EC) grants. Most of the funds, $775 million, will support state ADAP programs, which provide life-saving medications to HIV/AIDS patients.

The reauthorized Ryan White law requires that Part B grantees spend 75 percent of their grant award on core medical services and that ADAPs maintain a core list of antiretroviral drugs in their formularies.

HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. More than 530,000 people receive help from Ryan White programs every year.

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