Feds announce $1.9 billion in grants for HIV/AIDS care

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Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. - PHOTO: Courtesy

More than $1.9 billion in grants have been awarded to cities, states and local community-based organizations for fiscal year 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Oct. 30.

The funding, according to a news release, will help to provide people living with HIV/AIDS continued access to health care services and medications. The awards were funded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

“The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays an important role in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” stated Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “These grants will help make a real difference in the lives of Americans coping with HIV/AIDS, especially those in underserved urban and rural communities.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency within HHS, oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides funding for health services for people who lack sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to pay for treatment.

“The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program helps more than half a million individuals each year obtain clinical care, treatment and support services,” said HRSA administrator Mary K. Wakefield. “The key to its success is the cities, states and community groups who know their populations and decide how best to allocate the funding they receive.”

A total of $594 million was awarded to 53 cities to provide core medical and support services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS under Part A of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. These grants are awarded to eligible metropolitan areas with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS and to areas experiencing increases in HIV/AIDS cases and emerging care needs.

About $1.16 billion was awarded for FY 2013 to 59 states and territories under Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Part B grants include grants that can be used for home and community-based services, AIDS Drug Assistance Program assistance and other direct services.

Wisconsin received $8,662,447.

For FY 2013, about $178 million was awarded across the country to 357 local community-based organizations to provide core medical and support services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS under Part C of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Currently 351 Part C grantees are providing ongoing services. Part C grant recipients provide comprehensive primary health care in outpatient settings to people living with HIV disease.

In Wisconsin, awards included:

• $469,713, Milwaukee Health Services.

• $531,980, University of Wisconsin System.

• $485,624 AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

• $392,884 16th Street Community Health Center.