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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. 


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Feb 14, 2018 Press Release

Following release of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Budget Committee, is outlining how the proposal would impact the people of Western New York as well as the projects and priorities of importance to the region.

Jan 30, 2018 Press Release

At 9pm tonight, January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump will provide his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.  Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) made the following remarks in advance of the speech. 

Jan 5, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of January.  Through the program, staff members from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

The January Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below:

Tuesday, January 9th
10:00AM – 11:30AM
John Duke Center
1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls

Tuesday, January 16th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Valley Community Center
93 Leddy Street, Buffalo

Dec 1, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $330,075 in federal funding for Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). The grant, announced on World AIDS Day, is awarded through the Ryan White Outpatient Early Intervention Services Program under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

Nov 20, 2017 Press Release

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”), in partnership with Neighborhood Health Centers and the Seneca Nation Health System, has received a 3-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health to address the prevention of prescription and non-prescription opioid misuse by women.

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins, Vice Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, called the GOP tax bill a “hit on fundamental fairness” before casting vote against the tax package. 

Higgins repeatedly expressed concern that the legislation pays for tax benefits for wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Americans and communities like Western New York. 

Oct 24, 2017 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Bobby Scott (VA-3), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and Jared Polis (CO-2) announce introduction of the House companion to the Senate Medicare-X Choice Act of 2017.  The Medicare-X Choice Act (H.R. 4094) builds upon the successful framework of the Medicare program by providing a public plan as an option on the individual and small business health exchanges.

Oct 6, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant totaling $398,750 for clinical research at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) focused on Parkinson’s disease.  The award is provided through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

“Parkinson’s is a difficult, progressive condition with no cure,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This federal investment in research conducted right here in Western New York hopes to provide new clues into the disease and how we can better treat it.”

Oct 2, 2017 Press Release

Western New York Community leaders celebrated the opening of Grace Guest House, the first nonprofit guest house in South Buffalo to serve families with a loved one being cared for at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.    

Sep 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Reps. Brian Higgins (NY-26) John B. Larson (CT-01) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) announce introduction of the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act (HR 3748). A commonsense effort to create a Medicare Buy-In option for Americans ages 50-64 and to stabilize the health care marketplaces.