Congresswoman Lee Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Ryan White CARE Act

Oakland, CA – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, released this statement marking the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Ryan White CARE Act:

“For the past 25 years, the Ryan White CARE Act has been a vital lifeline for Americans living with HIV/AIDS.  This important legislation provides vital resources and medical coverage to ensure those living with HIV/AIDS are connected with the life-saving treatment and care that they need.

Each year, this critical program ensures access to live-saving care for more than 500,000 low-income Americans.

As a member of the health and human services funding subcommittee, I am committed to ensuring this program has the necessary resources to provide access to care and treatment for those living with HIV/AIDS.

As we celebrate today’s anniversary, we also reflect on Ryan White’s courageous legacy and recommit ourselves to Ryan’s mission of ending HIV/AIDS. By working together and commitment ourselves to our shared goal, we can realize the dream of an AIDS-free generation.” 


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.