Policy & Politics
Rep. Nancy Pelosi Sends Letter to HHS Secretary Requesting Explanation of San Francisco Ryan White Funding Cuts
March 19, 2004
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has sent a letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson calling for a "full explanation" of a $4 million reduction in San Francisco's Ryan White CARE Act funding, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/19). HHS on March 1 announced the grant as part of 51 grants totaling more than $595 million for cities nationwide to provide care and support services for low-income HIV-positive people. The grants, which are overseen by the 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. San Francisco received $29.8 million in funding for its HIV/AIDS programs and services, including 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 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/2). The city's grant amount for fiscal year 2004 is 12% less than the amount the city received in FY 2003, the Chronicle reports (San Francisco Chronicle, 3/19).
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