August 18 marks the 28th anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. First authorized in 1990, the Ryan White CARE Act is the legislation that created the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HRSA HAB) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medications, and essential support services for low-income people living with HIV. The Program funds grants to states, cities/counties, and local community-based organizations. More than half of people living with diagnosed HIV in the United States – more than 500,000 people – receive services through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In 2016, 84.9 percent of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients were virally suppressed, exceeding national average of approximately 60 percent.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has been reauthorized four times: in 1996, 2000, 2006, and 2009. With each reauthorization, it was amended to accommodate new and emerging needs, such as an increased emphasis on funding core medical services and changes in funding formulas.
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