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Congresswoman Pelosi Announces Federal Money for Local Programs Helping People Living With HIV/AIDS

January 8, 1998

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced that San Francisco will receive $36.4 million under the Ryan White Emergency Assistance program. The Title I program provides grants to those metropolitan areas most affected by the AIDS epidemic in support of health care and other services to people living with HIV/AIDS. "We are talking about programs that provide life-saving medical care and support services which can significantly improve a person's quality of life," said Pelosi.

The Ryan White Emergency Assistance grant to San Francisco is $800,000 less than last year which is due to a shifting of priorities within the Ryan White program, placing greater emphasis on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). Funding for AIDS drugs in San Francisco increased from $3.5 million in 1996 to $13.7 million in 1997. The funding for ADAP is expected to increase in 1998. "The net result is that the Ryan White program will continue to assist thousands of San Franciscans with primary care and important new AIDS drugs," Pelosi said.

Pelosi, who serves on the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations subcommittee, fought hard for increases in FY98 funding for HIV/AIDS. The Ryan White program increased 15% nationally from 996.3 million to 1.15 billion dollars in FY98.

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