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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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for immediate review and reconsideration of a decision to block residents of Frederick Douglass homes in Buffalo from access to outdoor water. Higgins has heard from multiple residents about this issue and reached out to agencies to try to resolve the urgent matter.
The property is owned by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and managed by Cornerstone Property Managers.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal funding to the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Swormville Fire Company to help these first responders protect communities from COVID-19; The Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department received $4,161.29 while the Swormville Fire Company, serving Amherst and Clarence, was awarded $3,265.76.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal funding to the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and Ellicott Creek Fire Company to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
Niagara County Department of Emergency Services was awarded $77,295.45. Ellicott Creek Fire Company, which serves the Towns of Amherst & Tonawanda, received $3,750.39 in federal funding.
Higgins said, “This emergency funding provides necessary resources to protect those who protect our community.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $1.6 million in additional federal funding for the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The funding, which is allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, will be directed to the WIB’s Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The program previously received two five-year awards; this extends WIB’s successful HPOG program for an 11th year.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved, under unanimous consent, S. 4116 - legislation extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline to August 8, 2020. Small businesses previously had until June 30 to apply.
Higgins said, “The current health crisis has led to an economic crisis, with many small business owners struggling to stay afloat. This Paycheck Protection Program extension gives small businesses more time to access available resources some desperately need to stay open and save jobs.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Higgins, dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announces $98,435 in new federal funding to support telehealth expansion at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). The funding, approved by Congress, is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 telehealth program.
ECMC will use the federal grant to purchase laptop computers, tablets, videoconferencing technology and software. The new equipment will enhance virtual emergency department capabilities as well as telephone and video visits in multiple outpatient primary and specialty care departments.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020. The bill works to prevent evictions, foreclosures, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Western New Yorkers are at risk of homelessness due to this unprecedented economic crisis and the provisions in this bill will help both renters and homeowners during this emergency,” Higgins said. “This federal funding is vital to prevent a bad situation from getting worse.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425), legislation expanding coverage and improving prescription drug and healthcare affordability for Americans.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that two Western New York organizations were selected for September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Grant Awards totaling more than $103,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The purpose of the grants is to encourage volunteering as a tribute to victims, survivors, and those who served in response to the attacks on 9/11.