The Ryan White Part B Program
Providing Care and Support Services for Kansans Living with HIV-Infection
In response to the AIDS crisis, Congress enacted the Ryan White CARE ( Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act in August 1990 to improve the availability of care for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act is the primary funder for HIV/AIDS health and social services including primary medical care, medication assistance, health insurance assistance, mental health counseling, substance use treatment, home health care, dental care, and medical case management. Ryan White CARE funding and administration are managed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is the state-level agency within Kansas that distributes and manages Ryan White Part B and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) as mandated by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act.
Part B medical case management services provide clients with linkages to health, social and wrap-around services from key access points across Kansas. It should be noted Ryan White funding is considered the payer of last resort, which means if a client has access to other forms of support (i.e. private insurance or Medicaid), those forms of support must be utilized first, prior to accessing Ryan White funding.
The Ryan White Program in Kansas
The Ryan White Part B Program in the State of Kansas has been assisting Kansans living with HIV before the enactment of The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act in 1990. These resources included private donations from community-based organizations throughout the state and federal funding for a statewide ADAP (1987). Since then, the Part B Program has received federal and state funding for assistance with the following:
- Dental Care Services
- Medical Case Management
- Medications through statewide AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse services through the HOPWA program
- Primary Care services
The purpose of these funds is to provide care for persons living with HIV infection who are not covered by public or private sources. These resources assure that all Kansans living with HIV infection throughout the state have access to the resources to monitor, adhere to, and treat infection, in order to achieve the highest quality of life possible.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's SIT/HIV Section Care Program is responsible for the administration of Part B and ADAP activities.
Part B funds are to be accessed only when no other support is available, serving as the payer of last resort. It should also be noted that services might not be available for the entire year if funds become limited.
To empower and engage HIV-positive Kansans in care.
A Kansas where there are no new HIV diagnoses because all HIV-positive Kansans are healthy and empowered to engage and remain in care.