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Brian is a supporter of the Affordable Care Act recognizing the law was a beginning, not an end to expanding, improving, and providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans.  He supports legislation aimed at bringing down the cost of prescription drug prices and is a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow people ages 50-64 to buy into Medicare early. 

As Co-Chair of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus, Brian works with his colleagues to support substantial federal investments in medical research, funding benefiting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus here in Western New York and supporting families fighting horrible diseases and conditions across the nation.  He is also a lead sponsor of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which requires health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for new, promising orally-administered anti-cancer medication as it does for traditional intravenous chemotherapy.

Brian remains at the forefront of today’s top health discussions ranging from improving mental health services to seeking solutions to combat the opioid epidemic, as a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.   

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Aug 19, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Catholic Health has been awarded $880,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding to address COVID-19 vaccine disparities in Niagara County, particularly in Niagara Falls, where lack of access to vaccine resources and widespread vaccine hesitancy are preventing the community from reaching optimal vaccination rates.

Aug 13, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that an American Rescue Plan grant totaling $658,677 was awarded to Jericho Road Community Health Center through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant works to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in underserved communities in Western New York. Jericho Road will serve as a trusted voice in the Western New York Community to assist individuals in making informed health care decisions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Jul 9, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced support for the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act. The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, seeks to expand and accelerate the research, development, and approval of treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Jul 7, 2021 Press Release
  • First responders are at increased risk for cancer and cancer-related disease
  • 9/11 first responders no longer have to cross state for specialized care
  • Roswell Park scientists to investigate heightened risks of first responders 
Jun 30, 2021 Press Release

As Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month comes to a close, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced bipartisan legislation to help families across the country dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. The Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer’s Act would help the 95% of individuals with dementia that have one or more other chronic conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. 

Jun 30, 2021 Press Release

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Even as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists continued to draw support for their innovative research proposals, garnering more than $34 million in competitive grants from government agencies and private funders. These recent grants fund efforts to improve outcomes for patients with some of the most challenging cancer types — including triple-negative breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and head and neck cancers — and to advance what we know about the impact of COVID-19 in cancer patients.

Jun 23, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the approval of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2021. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Higgins, expands funding for critical federal programs that assist states in improving and expanding their newborn screening programs, supporting parent and provider newborn screening education, and ensuring laboratory quality and surveillance.

Jun 17, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response today’s ruling by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

May 18, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to push for a greater federal investment in the fight to beat cancer. 

Higgins Testifies Advocating for An Increase In Cancer Research Investments

May 17, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the passage of several bills that aim to assist students by establishing and expanding mental health initiatives in schools.

Higgins said, “Due to the pandemic, Americans are experiencing a period of isolation like never before and facing additional challenges. All of this has been especially hard on our youth. These bills will dedicate resources to improve outreach and programs that help local students, who have been separated from their peers and teachers, get through this difficult time.”