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October 2009
Vol. 19 No. 10
Policy and Advocacy
Congress Extends Ryan White Program Until 2013

Congress this month passed a four-year extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which helps ensure that more than half a million low-income, uninsured, or underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS have access to care. The legislation, which President Obama is expected to sign into law shortly, would implement three policies supported by the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition (RWMPC):

  • A four-year extension of the program with technical fixes
  • A 5 percent increase, per year, in the authorized funding for all of parts of the program, including Part C
  • No changes to the core medical services definition in the program

HIVMA and RWMPC issued a press release applauding Congress’ extension of the program and plan to work with the HIV/AIDS community and federal officials to implement the legislation in the coming months. For a summary of the bill, visit this webpage.
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