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Principles for Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization

September 21, 2004

  • The Ryan White CARE Act works, and it must be reauthorized.

  • People living with HIV, especially consumers of CARE Act services, must be a central part of the reauthorization process and provide continued input into CARE Act planning.

  • The existing CARE Act title structure must be maintained to provide the ability to target policies and resources to diverse populations impacted by the AIDS epidemic.

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  • The CARE Act must address current, evolving and ongoing emergency needs of people living with HIV and AIDS and the organizations that serve them.

    • Many people with HIV/AIDS are living longer.
    • Many people living with HIV/AIDS need access to more treatment and medical support services.

  • Community planning, coordination with health care systems and local decision-making are central to the success of CARE Act programs.

  • A comprehensive range of services should be supported; including HIV testing, prevention counseling, treatment and supportive services, which must be available in sufficient quantities, appropriate to local need.

  • CARE Act funding and program guidance must continue to take into consideration that HIV/AIDS is a life threatening infectious disease that is an ongoing public health emergency.

  • The CARE Act must commit to:

    • Strengthen and reenergize the Planning Councils and Consortia
    • Address geographic variability and stabilize necessary and effective systems of care
    • Reinvest in maintenance and expansion of service capacity, targeted education and training of health care providers (AETCs), including continuing medical education and systems improvement projects.

  • The AIDS Drug Assistance Program must remain an essential component of the CARE Act.


  
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This article was provided by AIDS Action.
 
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