HHS GRANTS TO STATES FOR HIV/AIDS CARE, MEDICATIONS = $520M FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 15:53:00 -0700 (PDT)


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From: mhennegh@os.dhhs.gov
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 1998 1:25 PM
Subject: HHS PRESS RELEASE


Date:  April 14, 1998  For Release:  Immediately
Contact:  HRSA Press Office (301) 443-3376


Headline:  HHS ANNOUNCES $520 MILLION IN GRANTS TO STATES
FOR HIV/AIDS CARE, MEDICATIONS

     HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala today announced more than half a
billion dollars in formula grant awards for 1998 to improve health
care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.  The
awards include a record $285.5 million earmarked for state AIDS Drug
Assistance Programs (ADAP), a 71 percent increase over the previous
year.

     "The Ryan White CARE Act brings help and hope to thousands of
Americans living with HIV," said Secretary Shalala.  "High-quality
medical care and powerful new drug combinations are extending the
length and quality of people's lives.  These grants will go a long
way toward providing life-sustaining assistance to thousands of men,
women and children."

     The grants are funded under Title II of the Ryan White
Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, which provides HIV/AIDS
care to low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals affected
by the epidemic.  The CARE Act programs are administered by HHS'
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

     The increase in ADAP funding is $118.5 million, bringing total
Ryan White ADAP support from $167 million in FY 1997 to $285.5
million in FY 1998.  The funding will help make medications and
other treatment available to an estimated 108,000 low-income
patients with HIV/AIDS.  New drugs make HIV/AIDS much more
successfully treatable, but the medications are expensive, Secretary
Shalala said.

     Title II formula grants are based on a calculation of the
estimated number of people living with AIDS in each state or
territory.  Since fiscal year 1996, separate funds have been
earmarked under Title II to support state ADAPs in purchasing
pharmaceuticals for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.  States
also may designate a portion of their Title II formula grants to
support ADAPs.

     "The Title II grants support more than 25 types of medical and
other health and social support services for low income individuals
with HIV/AIDS," said Acting HRSA Administrator Claude Earl Fox,
M.D., M.P.H.  "At any one time, an estimated 55,000 people living
with HIV are receiving the life sustaining drugs they need through
the Title II-funded ADAP program.  About 87,000 people received ADAP
benefits in fiscal year 1997."

      Since the CARE Act was first funded in fiscal year 1991, HRSA
has awarded more than $1.7 billion in Title II grants to states.  In
calendar year 1995 (the most recent year for which collected data
have been verified), the states used the funds to contract with more
than 2,500 providers.  Of these, almost 1,600 professionals provided
patients nearly 413,000 medical office visits and more than 58,800
dental care visits.  Other services include residential and in-home
hospice care, transportation to and from care appointments, food
banks and home delivered meals.

     The CARE Act became law August 18, 1990, and was reauthorized
and amended in fiscal year 1996.  Programs under the CARE Act are
designed to improve the quality, availability and organization of
care for individuals and families affected by HIV disease, and to
help public and private entities provide health care and support
services.


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A list of Title II formula grant awards is attached.

Note:  HHS news releases are available on the World Wide Web at:
http://www.dhhs.gov.
                RYAN WHITE CARE ACT: PART B (Title II)
                  FY 1998 HIV CARE AND ADAP GRANTS

State/Territory        HIV Care             ADAP          Total

Alabama               2,844,372           2,265,704       5,110,076
Alaska                  250,000             194,562         444,562
Arizona               2,084,451           2,469,052       4,553,503
Arkansas              1,394,609           1,110,885       2,505,494
California           30,612,837          43,064,687      73,677,524
Colorado              2,028,264           2,585,789       4,614,053
Connecticut           3,430,779           4,836,430       8,267,209
Delaware              1,352,061           1,076,994       2,429,055
Dist. Of Columbia     3,055,111           4,664,462       7,719,573
Florida              23,591,403          30,253,733      53,845,136
Georgia               7,393,756           8,818,043      16,211,799
Hawaii                1,076,291             857,327       1,933,618
Idaho                   250,000             194,562         444,562
Illinois              6,516,058           8,962,396      15,478,545
Indiana               2,984,620           2,377,420       5,362,040
Iowa                    614,573             489,543       1,104,116
Kansas                  959,605             928,876       1,888,481
Kentucky              1,604,194           1,277,832       2,882,026
Louisiana             4,430,983           4,768,647       9,199,630
Maine                   449,111             357,743         806,854
Maryland              6,088,935           8,759,047      14,847,982
Massachusetts         4,217,320           5,563,213       9,780,533
Michigan              3,533,167           4,157,347       7,690,514
Minnesota               997,137           1,368,209       2,365,346
Mississippi           2,017,062           1,606,704       3,623,766
Missouri              2,652,631           3,326,379       5,952,010
Montana                 250,000             125,524         375,524
Nebraska                518,448             412,973         931,421
Nevada                2,169,918           1,728,462       3,898,380
New Hampshire           300,979             350,211         651,190
New Jersey           12,119,471          16,226,455      28,345,926
New Mexico              939,194             748,122       1,687,316
New York             36,592,849          51,291,513      87,884,362
North Carolina        4,818,886           3,838,516       8,657,402
North Dakota            100,000              45,189         145,189
Ohio                  4,648,401           4,305,465       8,953,866
Oklahoma              1,608,921           1,281,597       2,890,518
Oregon                1,559,364           1,879,091       3,438,455
Pennsylvania          7,863,699           9,074,112      16,937,811
Rhode Island          1,025,865             817,160       1,843,025
South Carolina        4,543,116           3,618,850       8,161,966
South Dakota            100,000              61,507         161,507
Tennessee             4,024,669           3,205,877       7,230,546
Texas                15,497,405          19,651,998      35,149,403
Utah                    858,827             684,104       1,542,931
Vermont                 250,000             154,394         404,394
Virginia              5,436,313           5,015,929      10,452,242
Washington            2,877,763           3,527,217       6,404,980
West Virginia           506,594             430,546         937,140
Wisconsin             1,698,881           1,355,656       3,054,537
Wyoming                 100,000              69,038         169,038
Puerto Rico           7,528,445           9,264,906      16,793,353
Guam                     11,052                   0          11,052
Virgin Islands          222,610                   0         222,610

Total              $234,574,000        $285,500,000    $520,074,000

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