HHS Awarding $68M To Boost Access to Care for People With HIV/AIDS
On Tuesday, HHS announced $68 million in grants to help children, infants, women and youth with HIV/AIDS who have limited or no access to treatment receive comprehensive care, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports (Viebeck, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 8/14).
The grants will be awarded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to 114 community organizations, health departments and university hospitals nationwide that provide medical and support services for HIV/AIDS patients.
Newly diagnosed individuals are expected to significantly benefit from the funds, as well as previously diagnosed patients who have never received care and individuals with HIV/AIDS who have gone without care for at least one year (CQ HealthBeat, 8/14).
In a written statement, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the grants will "target our resources to the communities that need them most." She added that the grants will increase "access to comprehensive, coordinated primary care."
The Ryan White program provides HIV-related services to more than 500,000 U.S. residents annually, according to HHS ("Healthwatch," The Hill, 8/14).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.