U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano Announces New Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS Dental Services in The Bronx
The Bronx – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano (D-The Bronx) announced over $374,000 in federal grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Ryan White HIV/AIDS Dental Reimbursement Program for three health facilities in The Bronx. The awards are as follows: Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center received $304,997; and St. Barnabas Hospital and Healthcare System received $67,169, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation received $1,901.
“I am thankful for the Department of Health and Human Services' continued commitment of funding through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which helps provide high-quality health care services to so many patients in need,” said Congressman Serrano. “Because of this funding, these fine institutions will be able to continue providing oral health care services to many patients in my District living with the disease. While considerable progress has been made in dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic nationally and around the world, places like The Bronx continue to experience persistently high rates of HIV transmission. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting everyday in Congress to make sure we provide adequate funding, not only to programs and policies that are proven to help lower rates of transmission, but also to programs like Ryan White that provide life-saving treatment, and social and health services for those living with the disease.”
The Dental Reimbursement Program is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. It provides crucial reimbursements to institutions with accredited dental or dental hygiene education programs to help defray the costs of providing dental services to patients living with HIV/AIDS. The Program was first funded in 1994.
Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.