Ryan White Care Act

The Ryan White Act is Federal legislation that addresses the unmet health needs of persons living with HIV (PLWH) by funding primary health care and support services. First passed by Congress in 1990 and reauthorized in 1996, 2000, and 2006, the program is designed to improve the quality and availability of care for individuals and families affected by HIV disease in the United States and its territories. Ryan White Program Part A (Title I) funds provide emergency assistance to the urban areas most severely affected by the HIV epidemic.

Learn more about the Ryan White legislation and programs.


+ Extension

In 2009, Congress passed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.

View/print the Congressional Research Service report (pdf)
View/print Legislative Update presentation from the DHRPC 2010 Retreat (pdf)


+ New Policy

The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau's (HAS) issued an updated Policy Notice (pdf) describing the allowable uses of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds for defined categories of services for eligible individuals. They also issued Program Policy Guidance (pdf).


+ The Council Connection

The Denver HIV Resources Planning Council was established in 1993 when the cumulative AIDS cases exceeded 2000, making the Denver Transitional Grant Area (TGA) eligible for Ryan White Program funding.

We develop a plan for the delivery of HIV support and services in the Denver TGA (Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties).
We also establish service categories, prioritize needs and allocate resources for the use of Part A (Title I) Ryan White Program funds.

The Denver Office of HIV Resources (DOHR) acts as the grantee and administers the Part A (Title I) Ryan White Program funds.

Learn more about the planning council.


+ What’s Next

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 extends the legislation for four years. The Council and the Denver Office of HIV Resources (DOHR) are committed to providing accurate, thorough information to our policy makers, to help ensure continued resources are available to the HIV positive community in the Denver Transitional Grant Area (TGA).


+ Understanding the Affordable Care Act

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act. The law puts into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will hold insurance companies more accountable and will lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.  The Act will not be implemented all at once. Portions of the law have already taken effect. Other changes will be implemented through 2014 and beyond. To track our progress, return to this site regularly for the latest updates

View the Patient Protection and ACA (PPACA) and the HIV Community Presentation (pdf)
View a list of Frequently Asked Questions to the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) website discussing a range of issues