Ryan White - Part A Program
Who are we?
Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13. He and his mother Jeanne White Ginder fought for his right to attend school, gaining international attention as a voice of reason about HIV/AIDS. Ryan White and his mom courageously fought AIDS-related discrimination and helped educate the Nation about his disease. Ryan White died on April 8, 1990 at the age of eighteen, just months before Congress passed the AIDS bill that bears his name – the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act. The legislation has been reauthorized four times since – in 1996, 2000, 2006, and 2009 – and is now called the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The program provides HIV/AIDS medical and support services to people living with the disease that cannot afford treatment, are uninsured or under-insured.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) under direction of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, awards Ryan White funding throughout the United States. Maricopa County is one of those recipients, and the Phoenix Administrative office contracts with 17 care providers to provide HIV/AIDS-related medical services and support services.
Our Medical Services providers perform over 6,000 services a year to our clients, at a cost of over $5 million dollars annually. These services include primary medical care, lab work, medical case management, oral health, mental health and substance abuse treatment and medical nutrition services.
The Ryan White Part A Program also provides Support services which include transportation to appointments, food boxes, and other compassionate care services for our HIV positive clients at cost of over $1million dollars annually. These support services are designed to help clients remain in medical care, and to provide services that will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For additional information visit the Ryan White Planning Council website.