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Capitol Health Call
April 12, 2006

Reauthorizing AIDS Care

JAMA. 2006;295(14):1635. doi:10.1001/jama.295.14.1635-b

An urban vs rural battle is brewing as the Senate begins debate on reauthorizing the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act.

The act, which provides funds for primary health care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS, expired in September of last year. President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union Address, called for its renewal.

Senators are now debating just how the $2.16 billion requested by the Health Resources and Services Administration should be divvied up. Funding formulas give higher amounts of money to areas with more HIV/AIDS patients—traditionally cities. But senators with rural constituents are arguing that HIV/AIDS is now found in all regions of the country and that funding allocation should reflect that.

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