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Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) today announced a $9,311,929 federal grant for the Ryan White CARE Act Title II Program. The grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will support the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) which provides medication to individuals with HIV and AIDS who have limited or no coverage from private insurance or Medicaid.

Senator Murray lauded the grant as a step towards helping the most vulnerable HIV/AIDS patients. "Until there is a cure, these funds are critical to helping people living with AIDS, and helping them live with dignity," Murray said.

Senator Murray is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee where she has worked to increase funding for the Ryan White CARE Act and for the ADAP in particular.

Joel Hastings, Director of Government Affairs for the Seattle-based Lifelong AIDS Alliance, applauded Senator Murray's work on behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS. "Senator Murray has been with us every step of the way and has pushed for appropriate funding levels each and every year. We can always count on her to be a strong voice for HIV and AIDS treatment in the Senate," Hastings said.

"Title II has meant a complete life change for those who are eligible to participate. There are many people who were on the doorstep of death who started taking medication funded by ADAP and have improved dramatically. Some have even been able to go back to work. It is amazing," Hasting said.

The federal/state partnership on Title II/ADAP has significantly contributed to the decline in AIDS deaths since 1995. Title II/ADAP provides such core services as pharmaceutical treatments, the delivery of primary medical care, diagnostic tests and health insurance purchasing and continuation.

The grant was authorized through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will fund the Washington State Department of Health which provides 25 percent of the funds for the Ryan White CARE Act Title II.