HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today awarded $597 million to 51 communities to help people with HIV and AIDS in cities and regions hit hardest by the epidemic. The money will support primary care and related services for low-income residents affected by the disease.
"In communities struggling to meet the demands for services locally, these resources will ensure that people with HIV and AIDS will receive the comprehensive care that they need," Secretary Thompson said. "In addition to helping people affected directly by this deadly disease, President Bush and I are also committed to increasing funding for vaccine research and working to prevent the spread of this disease both at home and abroad."
The money -- funded under Title I of the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act -- is divided among 51 Eligible Metropolitan Areas (EMAs) and include both formula grants, based on the estimated number of people living with AIDS in the city, and supplemental grants, awarded competitively among EMAs based on demonstration of severe need and other criteria.
The awards announced today will provide essential HIV/AIDS health care and a wide range of support services to those who lack or are only partially protected by health insurance. Covered services include physician visits, case management, assistance in obtaining medications, home-based and hospice care, substance abuse and mental health services, and other related services. A portion of the grant awards will fund the Minority AIDS Initiative to bolster care and services among minority populations.
HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration administers Ryan White CARE Act programs. Since fiscal year 1991, more than $11.6 billion has been appropriated under the CARE Act to help more than 500,000 people access life-sustaining care and services each year. More information about CARE Act programs is available at http://www.hab.hrsa.gov/.
President Bush's fiscal year 2003 budget plan includes a total of $12.9 billion to fight HIV and AIDS -- an increase of $906 million, or 8 percent, above the current year's appropriation. More information about HHS' overall budget for HIV and AIDS is available at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020204a.html.
The list of grant recipients is available at: http://newsroom.hrsa.gov/releases/2002releases/HHSTitleI.htm.