(SEATTLE) Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced today that King County will receive $5.9 million in Ryan White Care Act funding.
The Ryan White Care Act, which Murray helped reauthorize in 2000, provides community-based medical treatment, medications, and support services for men, women and children living with HIV or AIDS. The grant will be administered by the King County Public Health Department.
As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, Murray helped write the re-authorizing legislation for the Ryan White Care Act in 2000. Murray left her mark on the legislation by strengthening the provisions for pediatric and women's care.
Murray also voted to increase federal funding of the Ryan White Care Act by $103 million in fiscal year 2002, and to increase funding to cover the costs of expensive AIDS drugs.
Unfortunately, in his new budget, President Bush has asked for level funding for the Act, despite the increasing numbers of individuals needing services.
"Many people think we have won the war on AIDS in this country," said Sen. Murray. "But while we have had some victories - in extending life and improving its quality – the battle is far from over. These funds will provide important services for the men, women and children who are living with AIDS or HIV."
According to the state Department of Health, 6,402 cases of AIDS have been reported in King County since 1992, which accounts for about 65 percent of the Washington state's total of 9,921 AIDS cases. Of the state total, 5,525 people are known dead.
For more information on HIV and AIDS in Washington state, visit the state's Department of Health website at: