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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“The concept of National Guard troops taking custody of ventilators, personal protective equipment and other resources from Western New York is unacceptable.
“My staff and I are speaking directly to healthcare executives throughout Western New York on a near-hourly basis. They tell us that chronic shortages of supplies and equipment, including resources for testing for COVID-19 still remain.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Western New York will receive over $19.939 million in federal emergency funding to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by Congress to address urgent public health and economic crisis.
Higgins said, “These allocations allow for community-driven decision making on how federal resources can be best utilized to help our neighbors and neighborhoods during this public health emergency.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and his colleagues on the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security requested and won agreement by the U.S. Department of Treasury to automatically provide stimulus checks to senior citizens who are Social Security recipients, reversing course on previous directives which would have required seniors to complete forms to receive the COVID-19 relief payment.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Western New York will receive more than $61.3 million in federal funding to support public transportation through an emergency package approved by Congress in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Public transportation is an essential service and by maintaing operations, we ensure residents continue to have access to healthcare, food and employment,” said Congressman Higgins. “We appreciate the services the NFTA and its workers are continuing to provide our community during this difficult time.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and other members of New York and New Jersey’s federal delegation are calling for the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary to expedite funding to healthcare providers in the two states.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third emergency package approved by Congress to address public health and economic needs related to COVID-19.
New York Members of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Tom Reed (NY-23) and Tom Suozzi (NY-3) led a letter to the President calling for immediate authorization of extended unemployment benefits for New York workers.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is responding to multiple reports confirmed by the Canadian government that the White House is making plans to send 1,000 U.S. troops to the border between the U.S. and Canada.
Higgins, who serves as Co-Chair of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus, released the following in response:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and other members of the House of Representatives’ New York delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), asking the Secretary to authorize the transfer of 20,000 ventilators to New York State from the national stockpile.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to a bipartisan agreement on a third emergency package in response to the COVID-19 outbreak: