We’ve always been particularly proud of our services to those living with HIV/AIDS. For Ryan White clients we offer our dental program and many other services through our Hartford and Manchester (HC East) locations.
Our services include
- our Dental Clinic,
- and Food Distribution and Meals.
The Ryan White services we offer are in addition to our STD clinics that are open to all.
About the Ryan White Program
The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act (Ryan White Care Act, Ryan White,Pub.L. 101-381, 104 Stat. 576, enacted August 18, 1990) was an Act of the U.S. Congress named in honor of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS through a tainted hemophilia treatment in 1984, and was expelled from school because of the disease. White became a well-known advocate for AIDS research and awareness, until his death on April 8, 1990.
The act is the United States’s largest federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS. The act sought funding to improve availability of care for low-income, uninsured and under-insured victims of AIDS and their families. HGLHC periodically writes grant proposals to the City of Hartford and the State of CT to obtain funding for our Dental Program and Food Assistance services. In the past funding had provided massage, acupuncture and mental health services as well.
Unlike Medicare or Medicaid, Ryan White programs are “payer of last resort”, which fund health care and other services when no other resources are available. As AIDS has spread, the funding of the program has increased. In 1991, the first year funds were appropriated, around US$220 million were spent; by the early 2000s, this number had almost increased 10-fold. Unfortunately, funding has been decreasing in the greater Hartford area over the last several years. The Ryan White Care Act was reauthorized in 1996, 2000 and 2006. The program provides some level of care for around 500,000 people a year and, in 2004, provided funds to 2,567 organizations. The Ryan White programs also fund local and State primary medical care providers, support services, healthcare provider training programs, and provide technical assistance to such organizations. This Care Act is due to expire in September 2013.