Over 100 years ago Western New York gave modern cancer research to the world through what would become the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Today our region continues to lead the way in medical and scientific research. As a Member of the House Cancer Caucus, Brian has been a steadfast supporter for cancer research, both for local researchers and for the nation’s cancer program generally. Brian has led efforts among his colleagues to increase funding for cancer research and is engaged with the cancer community on innovations that will alleviate suffering due to cancer and ultimately find a cure. Brian has introduced H.R. 1801, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which would require health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for new, promising orally-administered anti-cancer medication as it does for traditional intravenous chemotherapy.
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Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and a number of other members of the House Ways and Means Committee met with President Obama in the State Dining Room at the White House to discuss the future of health care in the United States.
In the coming weeks Congressman Higgins will be working with his colleagues to advance a plan to provide universal health care for Americans. There are currently 47 million people in the U.S. who are uninsured. In New York, 2.5 million are uninsured, 80% of which are working but simply can’t afford the cost of quality health care
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo have been awarded $ 1,346,463 in grants made available through Recovery Act funding authorized for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“Research dollars are essential in the development of today’s treatments that lead to tomorrow’s cures,” said Congressman Higgins. “These grants provide a significant new investment into the cutting-edge activities happening every day by Roswell Park and UB at Buffalo’s Medical Campus.”
Today, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will introduce the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, a bill to require health insurance coverage for intravenous/injectable and orally-administered cancer pills at the same rate.