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RYAN WHITE COMPREHENSIVE AIDS RESOURCES EMERGENCY (CARE) ACT

WHEREAS, the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act was first authorized by the United States Congress in 1990, providing critical funding to cities and states heavily impacted by the AIDS crisis; and

WHEREAS, the reauthorization of the CARE Act is a top priority for local communities, persons with HIV/AIDS, national AIDS advocacy groups and The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM); and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors acknowledges that recent, dramatic declines in AIDS-related deaths and new AIDS diagnoses are largely attributed to the CARE Act's success in providing access to critical HIV care, treatment and necessary support services to hundreds of thousands of uninsured persons living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, the current structure of the CARE Act, particularly its Title I, provides significant flexibility to local communities in meeting the challenges of the AIDS epidemic and must be maintained; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes the disproportionate impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities of color nationwide, and further recognizes the particular role of Title I in serving these communities as the largest provider of CARE Act medical care and services for people of color living with HIV; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the maintenance of existing systems of care and concerted efforts to eliminate disparities in access to HIV health care for communities of color, gay and bisexual men, and women, children and youth; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure the. successful reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act in the 106th Congress,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports timely reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act, full funding of the Act, preservation of its current structure, and sustaining the flexibility provided to local communities under Title I; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors vigorously opposes any efforts to combine funds made available through Title I with funds made available through Title II for the purpose of state directed block grants.

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