Ryan White CARE Act

The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, was enacted in 1990 and reauthorized in 1996, 2000, 2006, 2009 and 2013. It is the centerpiece of the federal government’s efforts to improve the quality and availability of care for medically underserved individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allocates funding to programs created by the CARE Act under various Parts.

Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13. He and his mother Jeanne White Ginder fought for his right to attend school, gaining international attention as a voice of reason about HIV/AIDS. At the age of 18, Ryan White died on April 8, 1990, just months before Congress passed the AIDS bill that bears his name – the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act.


For complete information about the Ryan White CARES Act please visit http://hab.hrsa.gov/abouthab/legislation.html.