"People in the United States seem to have grown complacent and forgotten that HIV/AIDS is not just a problem overseas, but one here in our own nation. With as many as 1.1 million people in our country living with HIV/AIDS, our government, through passing a new Ryan White CARE Act, must ensure that lifesaving drugs, medical care, and social services are provided to those in need, wherever they live."
"Continued flat funding for CARE Act programs will do little to help eliminate current waiting lists, and nothing to extend care and treatment to people who aren't even on those lists. Instead, it will only serve to pit city against city and state against state for the limited dollars available. A person's ability to receive treatment should not depend upon where in the country they live."
"The Ryan White CARE Act works -- that is why it must be reauthorized. In the devastation following Hurricane Katrina, one of the only bright notes was that the Ryan White/ADAP system in states across the country went into high gear to assure that poor patients could access their life-saving medications. The CARE Act and the systems it has created serve as a model for all medical care in the U.S."
"Ryan taught us that AIDS can strike anyone, anywhere. As we work together to renew the Ryan White CARE Act, I urge the Congress and the Administration to provide adequate funding so that everyone who is in need of these lifesaving medications and medical care, can have the chance to live productive, healthy and longer lives."
"With as many as 1.1 million people in the U.S. living today with HIV/AIDS, and nearly 3 out of 4 of them uninsured or relying on public assistance, the CARE Act for them is a matter of life or death. This media campaign will remind Americans that HIV/AIDS exists in everyone's neighborhood and that despite the success of the Ryan White program, not all Americans have access to lifesaving care and treatment."
"The Ryan White CARE Act has a proven track record of success in providing lifesaving drugs as well as a full range of medical care and support services. The CARE Act is keeping people alive much longer than ever before. It has had strong bipartisan support from Congressional leaders over the years. We expect the same this year -- swift passage of reauthorization legislation this fall."
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The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act is named after Ryan White, an Indiana teen who was infected with HIV when using contaminated blood products to treat his hemophilia.
About the Ryan White CARE Act
For 15 years, the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act has provided medical care and treatment for more than half a million low-income, uninsured or underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.
These life-saving treatments continue to be critical for many of the more than 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS, with 69 percent of those infected currently uninsured or on public assistance.
The legislation is named for Ryan White, the 13-year-old boy who helped put a public face on the disease. Introduced shortly after his death in 1990, the Ryan White CARE Act has been extended twice -- both times by wide bipartisan margins in the Congress.
What Is the Ryan White ACTION Campaign?
The Ryan White ACTION Campaign, launched by a coalition of medical providers and HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations, was formed to educate the public about the benefits of the Ryan White CARE Act, expired on Sept. 30, 2005.
While the reauthorization of the bill is not in doubt, the changing nature of the disease has led to shifting needs among at-risk populations. Newly infected people are increasingly likely to be poor, to be members of a minority community and to have inadequate access to health care. And, while the majority of AIDS cases are still in urban areas, more and more people in rural areas, particularly in the South, are being infected.
Without increased funding, treatment/care could be denied to some of those currently in treatment. And as the disease continues to spread into new populations and new regions across the United States -- an estimated 40,000 new infections occur each year -- the demand for life-saving treatments will continue to increase.