Monday, April 07, 2008

Harkin Announces Money For Iowans With HIV/AIDS

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Iowa State Department of Public Health received $2,545,458 to provide services and healthcare to people living with HIV/AIDS through the Ryan White Care Act from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Harkin is the Chairman of the Senate panel that funds health and education initiatives.

“This funding is critically important to people who are living with HIV or AIDS,” Harkin said. “Just a short time ago, being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS was a death sentence. Today, this money helps people affected by this disease live.

The funding will improve the quality, availability, and organization of HIV/AIDS health care and support services. It also provides access to medications.

Harkin has been a long-time supporter of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As Chairman and formerly ranking member of the subcommittee that funds health and education, Harkin led the effort to double NIH funding over five years. President Bush has proposed freezing funding for the NIH at $29.3 billion.

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