Policy & Politics
HHS Announces $595 Million in Ryan White Grants for Urban HIV Programs; 39 of 51 Cities Receive Less Than in 2003
March 2, 2004
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on Monday announced 51 grants totaling more than $595 million for cities nationwide to provide care and support services for low-income HIV-positive people, according to an HHS release. The grants, which are overseen by the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration, are funded under Title I of the Ryan White CARE Act. Funding amounts are based on a formula using the estimated number of people living with AIDS in each city, with supplemental grants awarded competitively based on the "demonstration of severe need" and other criteria, according to the release. The grants include $14.8 million in funding for HIV/AIDS programs in Boston, $25.4 million for Chicago, $19.1 million for Houston, $36.6 million for Los Angeles, $25.5 million for Miami, $122.1 million for New York City, $29.8 million for San Francisco and $27 million for Washington, D.C. (HHS release, 3/1). However, 39 of the 51 grants are lower than last year's funding levels, with cuts ranging from 3% to 14% (Richardson, Los Angeles Times, 3/2). The grants cover physician visits, home-based care, hospice care, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, case management and assistance in obtaining medications for HIV-positive people who have partial or no health insurance. A portion of each grant will go to the Minority AIDS Initiative, according to the release.
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