Many in our community have questions about a recent Slate magazine article that reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is reallocating money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to help defray costs of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement as a result of current immigration policy.
The Ryan White Program, named for a teen with hemophilia who died of HIV contracted from tainted clotting factor, provides critical medical care and support services for people living with HIV and AIDS, including people in the bleeding disorders community.
HFA and NHF are working with allied patient advocacy organizations on this issue. Our understanding is that the relevant funds come from dollars that were appropriated but not spent in past fiscal years. This kind of reallocation happens when federal programs do not spend all of the funding they receive. Most importantly, as a result, the transfer would not affect current program activities or patient care.
We know how important the Ryan White Program is to the hemophilia community and all Americans living with HIV/AIDS. HFA and NHF will continue to follow this issue closely and update you about further developments.