Cohen Announces $5.6 M in Federal Funds to Address HIV/Aids Epidemic

Press release from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. 09; February 18, 2015:

[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced today that Shelby County has been awarded $5,653,472 in federal funding to help address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and provide care for those living with HIV. This funding comes through the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which helps local governments provide HIV-related services to more than half a million people each year who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with the disease.

“While there have been major breakthroughs in treatment in recent years, HIV continues to plague the Ninth District,” said Congressman Cohen. “This Ryan White Program funding will help thousands of Memphians living with this terrible disease access the high-quality, comprehensive care they need and deserve.”

During Congressman Cohen’s time in the United States House of Representatives, the Ninth District has received nearly $20 million in Ryan White Program funds to fight AIDS and HIV. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is the single largest federal program designed specifically for people with HIV/AIDS. First enacted in 1990, it provides care and support services to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS, functioning as the “payer of last resort”; that is, it fills the gaps in care for those who have no other source of coverage or face coverage limits. This funding comes through Part A of the program, which provides assistance to locales most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.