The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is getting a booster shot of $1.84 billion in grants to ensure people living with HIV/AIDS continue to receive lifesaving care and medication. The money arrives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Seventy-five percent of the funds must be spent on core medical services such as drug assistance and health insurance payments, and the remaining 25 percent will go to support services including medical transportation.

More than $1 billion will be given to states and territories under Part B of the Ryan White Program, with $800 million going toward AIDS drug assistance programs (ADAP). Additional funds will be used for base grants for home and community-based organizations, insurance continuation and other services. In addition, 16 states are eligible for Emerging Community grants based on their respective numbers of AIDS cases over the last five years.

About $652 million will pay for primary care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS under Part A of the Ryan White Program. These awards are distributed to eligible metropolitan areas with the highest HIV/AIDS caseloads, while transitional grants will go to areas experiencing an increase in cases. This also includes $44 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative, part of HHS's larger plan—created in 1998—to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities by the end of 2010.

More than $48 million, awarded under Part C, will fund early intervention services that include medical, nutritional and psychological treatments for HIV-positive people. Grants will also go to community health centers and nonprofit providers who offer primary care to people living with HIV. It may also be used to hire case managers to help access care and treatment.

“These grants help ensure Americans, especially those in underserved rural and urban communities, affected by HIV/AIDS get access to the care they need through quality health care and support systems,” HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “The care and services these grants support will help Americans living with HIV/AIDS to live longer, healthier lives.”