FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2008
Schumer Announces Over $102 Million In Ryan White Aids Funding For New York City
Despite Drop in Annual Diagnoses, Increased Lifespan of HIV/AIDS Patients Has Led to Record Number of Cases in New York City , Increasing Demand on Gov't Health Programs
Critical Funds Can be Used for Prescription Drugs, Outpatient Health Care, Home Health and Hospice Care, Nutrition Services, and Transportation Services
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $102,430,205 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Part A of the Ryan White CARE Act for
“As increasing numbers of people with HIV/AIDS live longer, the cost of care and treatment places greater demands on families and friends, as well as local governments and community-based organizations,” Schumer said. “This critical Ryan White CARE Act funding will ensure that
The $102,430,205 in funding announced today by HHS comprises approximately 16% of the total Ryan White Part A funding for the country, which is set at $627,149,000. It also marks an increase over the 2007 funding of $100,865,580.
The Ryan White CARE Act was originally signed into law in 1990, and since 1991 has made federal funding available to both cities and states to provide a number of health care services for HIV and AIDS patients, including medical care, drug treatments, dental care, home health care, and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment. The CARE Act has played a leading role in improving the health and quality of life for New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS.
Part A of the Ryan White CARE Act provides grants to 56 localities, including