September 27, 2011
On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced $1.89 billion in federal funding for HIV/AIDS services.
Approximately $813 million of $1.213 billion in Part B funding of the Ryan White Program is designated for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, which provide life-saving medicines to low-income HIV patients. A supplement of $8.4 million will help 36 states and territories address specific needs, including projected ADAP shortfalls and core medical care.
In addition, $40 million in ADAP Emergency Relief Funding will go toward eliminating or reducing waiting lists, preventing the need for such lists, and/or supporting cost-containment strategies in 30 states. According to the ADAP Advocacy Association, 8,785 patients were on ADAP waiting lists in 10 states as of Sept. 22.
A total of $645 million in Part A Ryan White money will go to 52 cities to provide core medical and support services, including $49.6 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative to improve access to care in disproportionately affected communities.
For more information, visit www.hrsa.gov/about/news/pressreleases/110926hivaids.html.