South Carolina to Receive More Ryan White Funding Under Reauthorization; Maryland Could Lose Some HIV/AIDS Funding
December 13, 2006
South Carolina is scheduled to receive an increase in federal funding for HIV/AIDS treatment programs after the passage of a compromise bill (HR 6143) that would reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides funding for HIV/AIDS programs in the U.S., the Columbia State reports (Reid, Columbia State , 12/12). Congress on Saturday passed the bill by voice vote. The legislation calls for strengthening "hold harmless" provisions and maintaining funding levels so that states would not receive less than 95% of their 2006 funding levels; counting all HIV-positive people for funding regardless of where they live or how the data are reported; maintaining the funding pool for prescription drugs and therapeutics; continuing HHS development of a framework addressing HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and a follow-up report of their progress in 2008; and maintaining a four-year transition period for states with code-based reporting systems to switch to names-based reporting systems without penalization. The compromise also would repeal the Ryan White program after three years, forcing Congress to write a new law and reconsider the program's structural challenges before then, Senate aides said (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/11). According to the State, the CARE Act funds are "much-needed" and will help cover a $3 million budget shortfall in South Carolina's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, a federal- and state-funded program that provides HIV/AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals. "Finally, the needs of the South were heard ... more services and better medical care for low-income people living with" HIV/AIDS, Kathie Hiers, co-chair of the Southern AIDS Coalition, said. According to the State, 324 HIV-positive people as of Nov. 29 were on the state's ADAP waiting list (Columbia State , 12/12). In related news, the South Carolina Campaign to End AIDS on Tuesday ahead of a meeting of the state Budget and Control Board rallied for an increase in ADAP funds following the death of a fourth person who was awaiting HIV/AIDS treatment (Reid, Columbia State , 12/12).
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