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The Ryan White Act is a federal program that addresses unmet health and social service needs of persons living with HIV (PLWH) across the United States and its territories. First passed by Congress in 1990 and reauthorized in 1996, 2000, and 2006, the program is designed to improve the quality and availability of care for low-income individuals and families. Ryan White funds can pay for services that are not covered by other resources, such as Medicaid, Medicare, or public or private insurance.

Ryan White Program Part A funds provide emergency assistance to the urban areas most severely affected by the HIV epidemic. The federal grant to Public Health - Seattle & King County serves PLWH in King, Snohomish and Island counties.

In order to be eligible for Ryan White-funded services, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Documented as living with HIV, as confirmed by a primary medical provider or lab tests
  • Resident of King, Snohomish or Island County
  • Living at or below 300% of Federal Poverty Level (approximately $35,310 for a single person and $30,270 for a family of three).

Also, individuals at or below 400% of Federal Poverty Level are eligible for oral health services.

Learn more about the federal Ryan White legislation and programs.

HIV care resources

Other resources

Contact us

  • Contact Kate Briddell, Ryan White Part A Program Manager, at 206-263-1860 or via email at kate.briddell@kingcounty.gov for more information about the Seattle area's Ryan White Part A program
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  • Contact Marcee Kerr, Quality Management Program Manager at marcee.kerr@kingcounty.gov, to learn more about the Ryan White program’s Quality Management efforts or about the Quality Management Advisory Committee.