HIV/AIDS Treatment Program. This program funds HIV/AIDS treatment for low income,
uninsured, and underinsured people.  Ryan White provides funding to cities, states, as
well as directly to select clinics and care providers for core medical and support
services. In 2009 alone, my home State of Florida received over 209 million dollars in
funding through Ryan White to assist countless low-income Americans living with

This life-saving program was set to expire this month, thankfully though, this amazing
program was granted a three year extension through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS
Treatment Extension Act. With a bi-partisan support, I voted for and the House passed
this legislation. Passage assures the continuity of this vital program and will allow us to
help helps states, communities, and families cope with the impact of the HIV/AIDS
epidemic while creating a support system for those dealing with the disease.  

I am constantly working to improve the quality and availability of care for persons with
HIV/AIDS and their families.  It is my mission to promote awareness and education so
that each day we can help ensure that fewer people are infected by this disease. I have
seen firsthand the impact this disease has on individual lives and families in our
community, so extending this important program is not just a priority but a necessity as

The Ryan White Program is United States' largest federally funded program for people
living with HIV/AIDS and has been the largest supplier of services for those living with
HIV/AIDS in the United States. As a "payer of last resort", the Ryan White Act offers a
method of payment for treatments unlike Medicare or Medicaid. In the United States
over 500,000 people a year benefit from the Ryan  NOVEMBER | NOVIEMBRE 2009

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Ryan White Program

Washington, DC – I am proud to represent one of the most immensely diverse regions
in our country, South Florida, and our home and way of life is open and accepting. As
an active supporter of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community for
years, I have been a part of many of the battles the community has faced, both those
that have been won and those that we must fight again.

One such issue that we must continually confront is in providing adequate and timely
treatment to those affected by HIV/AIDS. The number of people suffering from HIV/AIDS
in South Florida has increased immensely over the past few years and they need our
assistance fighting this disease. With over 32,000 currently diagnosed, my home
County of Miami-Dade ranks second among large metropolitan areas for people living
with AIDS. On top of this, Florida as a whole ranks third in the nation in the number of
AIDS cases.  

There are wonderful programs designed to mitigate the terrible consequences of
HIV/AIDS. One of the most innovative and effective is the Ryan White
White Program. I know that through the extension of Ryan White we can, and will, save
and improve the lives of countless individuals in my Congressional District and
throughout the United States.

CLICK HERE for more on Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

CONTACT: Alex Cruz,  Director - Cong. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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