RYAN WHITE HIV/AIDS TREATMENT MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2006 -- (House of Representatives - September 28, 2006)
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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for the time.
Mr. Speaker, this bill seeks to offer services by primary care providers for the uninsured and less fortunate individuals. We have to work together to improve the quality and the availability of care for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
In my congressional district of Miami-Dade County, we had the second highest rate of AIDS, major cases of AIDS of all the cities in 2004. And the number of people suffering with HIV/AIDS has reached epidemic proportions, especially within my district with minority communities. There are over 12,000 people living with AIDS in Miami-Dade County and almost 10,000 living with HIV.
We have got to remain vigilant in our efforts to provide for and protect the HIV infected, affected, and at-risk individuals living in this country, especially through prevention and education; and this bill seeks to do that.