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2006 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act significantly modifies program formulas for funding.
2005 Office of Health Information Technology established to leverage the power of health information technology and telehealth to meet the needs of people who are uninsured, underserved, and/or have special needs.
2002 President's Health Center Initiative significantly expands program that makes primary health care available and accessible to underserved individuals.
1998 Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1998 consolidates and reauthorizes health professions and minority and disadvantaged health education programs.


State Children's Health Insurance Program created, enabling States to extend health coverage to more uninsured children.

1996 Health Centers Consolidation Act of 1996 brings together under one grant structure Community Health Centers, Migrant/Seasonal Farmworker Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless Health Centers and Health Centers for Residents of Public Housing.
1996 Ryan White CARE Act Amendments of 1996 expand services to pregnant women with HIV to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies.
1991 Healthy Start program established to attack the causes of infant mortality, low birthweight and other poor perinatal outcomes for women and infants living in high-risk situations.


Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act begins providing support for people with HIV/AIDS.

1987 Indian Health Service separates from HRSA and becomes an independent agency.
1987 Office of Rural Health Policy established to promote better health care service in rural America.
1986 Legislation authorizing the National Practitioner Data Bank and National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program passed.


Blood test to detect HIV licensed.


HIV identified as a virus that causes AIDS by Public Health Service and French scientists.
National Organ Transplantation Act signed into law.

1982 Maternal and Child Health Block Grant implemented (passed in 1981).


Health Resources and Services Administration created by merging Health Services Administration and Health Resources Administration.


AIDS identified.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services replaces U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare


U.S. Department of Education Organization Act signed into law, establishing separate U.S. Department of Education.


Health Services Administration and Health Resources Administration established. Health Services and Mental Health Administration abolished. Bureau of Health Manpower moved from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Health Resources Administration.


National Health Service Corps launched.


Bureau of Health Manpower assigned to National Institutes of Health. Bureau of Health Services moved to new Health Services and Mental Health Administration.


Bureau of Health Services and Bureau of Health Manpower replace Bureau of Medical Services and Bureau of State Services. New Bureau of Disease Prevention and Environmental Control (becomes Center for Disease Control in 1970) established.
Community Health Center and Migrant Health Center programs launched.


Migrant Health Act provides support for clinics serving agricultural workers.


U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare created at cabinet level, replacing Federal Security Agency.


Public Health Service National Hospital Program helps communities survey hospital deficiencies and build needed facilities.


Bureau of Medical Services and Bureau of State Services established as headquarters components of U.S. Public Health Service in the Federal Security Agency.


Federal Security Agency created, bringing together related Federal activities in the fields of health, education, and social insurance.


Social Security Act Title V authorizes maternal and child health programs, Title VI authorizes general health grants to States by the Public Health Service


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Budget Authority
$6.85 billion in FY 2008

HRSA distributes approximately 90 percent of its funding in grants to U.S. States and territories, public and private health care providers, health professions training programs and other organizations.

HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Rockville, MD 20857