WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $54,235,170 in federal funding for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to bolster the HIV/AIDS surveillance and prevention programs, reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes across Maryland. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has been instrumental in providing a better quality of life for more than 500,000 beneficiaries, whose record-high levels of viral suppression is due to the success of the program.
“For decades, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has taken thousands of Marylanders from us too soon, impacting families and communities,” the lawmakers said. “This new round of annual funding for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program builds on the continued success of the program — particularly during the challenges of the pandemic — and will provide critical support, treatment, and preventative healthcare for at-risk communities. Team Maryland is committed to closing the gaps in our public health infrastructure, ensuring at-risk communities have access to affordable and high-quality preventative health care and treatment services.”
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, through Fiscal Year 2021 annual appropriations, and is broken down as follows:
- $15,599,509 for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A to provide direct clinical and medical support services for individuals living with HIV.
- $34,689,791 for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B to improve the quality, availability and organization of HIV health care and support services and for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
- $2,619,579 for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services to support community-based healthcare centers. Awardees include:
- $1,086,489 for Chase Brexton Health Services (Baltimore)
- $538,973 for Total Health Care, Inc. (Baltimore)
- $432,837 for MedStar Research Institute (Hyattsville)
- $286,097 for Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore)
- $275,183 for Greater Baden Medical Services (Upper Marlboro)
- $1,326,321 for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D to provide family-centered comprehensive HIV care and treatment for women, infants, children, and youth with HIV.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, essential support services, and medications for low-income people living with HIV who are uninsured and underserved. The Program funds grants to states, cities/counties, and local community-based organizations to provide care and treatment services to people living with HIV to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard-to-reach populations. Additional information about the program can be found here.