Ryan White CARE Act

The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, was enacted in 1990 and reauthorized in 1996, 2000, 2006, and 2009.  It is the centerpiece of the federal government’s efforts to improve the quality and availability of care for medically underserved individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allocates funding to programs created by the CARE Act under various Parts. 

The Parts of the CARE Act include:

  • Part A: Provides emergency assistance to municipalities most severely affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Part B: Provides grants to all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and several territories.
    • Part B ADAP: Provides medications for treating HIV/AIDS or to purchase health insurance for eligible clients. 
  • Part C: Provides primary, outpatient health care to people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Part D: Provides family-centered care for women and children living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Part F:
    • Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS): Provides funds to programs that are innovative in their delivery of HIV/AIDS-related care.
    • AIDS Education and Training Centers Program (AETC):Provides HIV/AIDS education, training and workforce development for health care providers and staff.
    • Dental Program: Provides funding for dental care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
    • Minority AIDS Initiative(MAI): Provides funding to research and address the impact of HIV/AIDS on minority groups.

Ryan White CARE funding supports a range of HIV care and medical support services.  From testing and counseling, to AIDS drug assistance programs, to home hospice care, Ryan White CARE programs were created to develop, organize, coordinate, and operate more effective and cost-efficient systems for the delivery of essential health care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

For detailed information on the makeup of Ryan White CARE, read AIDS United’s policy brief, The Ryan White CARE Act: 2009 Reauthorization Update(published Feb. 2010 under AIDS Action)

Learn more about Ryan White and Ryan White CARE Programs at HRSA