Forum Session

Caring for “Ryan White”: Balancing Quality, Access, Equity, and Finite Resources
March 14, 2006


Jessamy Taylor, MPP


This Forum session focused on the evolution of HIV/AIDS treatment and policies to make care advancements available to low-income, uninsured people living with the disease through the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. Variation in access to and quality of treatment across the country was discussed. The session explored current and past funding distribution mechanisms, questions of equity related to the distribution formulas, and the potential impact of changing those formulas through the reauthorization. The importance of diagnosing HIV early to prevent further infections and to limit future demands on publicly funded health care programs that treat low-income populations with HIV/AIDS was also highlighted.


Marcia Crosse, PhD, Director, Health Care Group, Government Accountability Office; Martin Shapiro, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles; David Holtgrave, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Related Materials

More information available in the related Background Paper.

See also "The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Program" (The Basics, March 10, 2010) for more recent information.

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