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HHS Awards States More Than $1B in Ryan White CARE Act Grants, Including ADAP Funds
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on Thursday announced that the agency has awarded more than $1 billion to states and territories for fiscal year 2004 to fight HIV/AIDS, including funds for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, according to an HHS release (HHS release, 4/1). ADAPs -- which are supported with both state and federal funds -- provide HIV/AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals. As of January, 15 states have waiting lists or access restrictions for their ADAP programs, according to an "ADAP Watch" released by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/22). The approximately $1 billion in FY 2004 grants, which are funded under Title II of the Ryan White CARE Act, include $285 million in basic awards based on the number of individuals living with AIDS in each state and territory and $728 million for ADAPs to purchase antiretroviral drugs, according to the release. The award also includes $7 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative and $10 million for states with "emerging communities" -- defined as metropolitan areas with large numbers of individuals living with AIDS. An additional $21 million in grants will be awarded at a later date for the Supplemental Drug Treatment Program. "Every year, programs funded by the CARE Act help more than 530,000 individuals access life-sustaining care and services," Elizabeth Duke, administrator of HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration, said, adding, "Today's grants will extend the availability of needed medications to even more people living with HIV/AIDS" (HHS release, 4/1).
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