New Orleans AIDS Planning Council to Determine How to Spend Ryan White CARE Act Money Following Funding Cuts
March 18, 2004
A New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council committee plans to meet on Thursday to determine how to spend this year's Ryan White CARE Act funding for the New Orleans metropolitan area, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The region will receive almost $6.8 million this year, which is $539,000 less than last year's appropriation, the Times-Picayune reports (Pope, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 3/17). The grant is one of 51 federal 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 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. 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. Forty of the 51 grants for this year were lower than last year's funding levels, with cuts ranging from 3% to 14% (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/2). Currently, there are 7,145 reported HIV cases in the New Orleans area -- up 9.4% from 6,533 cases in 2001. However, because the funding levels are based on the number of AIDS cases, the city "didn't get a 9.4% increase in funds," Beth Scalco, administrative director of Louisiana's HIV/AIDS program, said. Scalco added that the cut in federal funding for the New Orleans area does not necessarily affect the federal funding level for HIV for the state of Louisiana, according to the Times-Picayune.
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