Congressman Brian Higgins

Representing the 26th District of NEW YORK

Health Care



Brian has long said that health care needs a start, not a finish. With the passage of the 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, our nation took a critical first step by giving millions of Americans access to health insurance, including those who had never had access before, like individuals with pre-existing conditions, and making sure that the high cost of medical treatments do not force families into bankruptcy. Brian supports efforts in Congress to come together across the aisle and improve the law, bringing down the cost curve and making the quality of care better for all Americans. 


More on Health Care

Jul 20, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Committee on the Budget, objected to the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution introduced by House Republicans this week which slashes Medicare and fails to invest in the growth of the American Economy. 

Jul 17, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced a 5-year federal grant totaling $2,125,000 for the Erie County Family Treatment Drug Court Enhancement Initiative.  New funds will pair the authority of the court system with compassionate, proven treatment services toward the goal of improving the family unit and advancing lifelong recovery.  With opioid abuse on the rise, this award comes at a critical time.

Jul 7, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced three federal grants totaling over $2.42 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nurse training programs at the University at Buffalo (UB) and community health services in Western New York. 

“This federal funding has the dual benefit of encouraging and supporting those seeking opportunities in healthcare fields as well as expanding services in underserved areas and ultimately improving the quality of care in the region,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. 

Jun 19, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) expressed great concern that President Trump’s rollback of United States policies with Cuba implemented under President Obama that opened up new opportunities for trade, tourism and business relationships between the two nations may hurt the United States economy and threaten the future of promising cancer research underway at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

Jun 7, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to advocate for common sense changes to expand affordable health care options in America. Higgins is calling for an expansion of Medicare – the most popular and well-run health insurance platform in the country.

Jun 2, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says it is time for the conversation about healthcare in American to shift, from one that tears down healthcare to one that builds it up. Higgins, who serves as a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means which has jurisdiction over healthcare legislation, outlined ways Western New York is leading the way in innovative delivery and said expanding on policies that work, including Medicare, could be the future of healthcare.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Committees on Budget and Ways and Means, said the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) reaffirms that the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act fails to provide adequate access to affordable health care for millions of Americans. 


May 3, 2017 Press Release

With a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act still possible as soon as this week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House Floor opposing the proposed legislation that dismantles protections for people with pre-existing conditions. 

Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said the White House Budget Blueprint, released Thursday, March 16, delivers a devastating blow to Western New York families and the local economy. 


Dec 1, 2016 Press Release

Medical research, innovation and advanced treatments for many of today’s most challenging health issues received a giant boost with approval of a package of legislation included in the 21st Century Cures Act, passed by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and fellow members of the House of Representatives this week.