Ryan White Program
Mary Washington Medical Group Infectious Diseases is the medical arm for
government sponsored Ryan White Grants within Mary Washington Healthcare
for HIV care.
The purpose of the program is to provide high quality care to HIV clients
and enhance prevention programs in the community. Our providers and our
office staff have undergone extensive training to provide care that meets
national standards. The program is linked to the Richmond AIDS consortium
and the research protocols are sponsored by the VCU School of Medicine.
The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act (Ryan
White Care Act) 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. He 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.
Unlike Medicare or Medicaid, Ryan White programs are "payer of last
resort," which fund treatment when no other resources are available.
As AIDS has spread, the funding of the program has increased. The program
provides some level of care for around 500,000 people per 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.
Patients must meet eligibility requirements and agree to general conditions