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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Congressmen Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-5) recognized National Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Awareness Week this week and continued to push for passage of their bill, H.R. 2408, the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2019.
Congressman Brian Higgins is pleased to announce over $500,000 for Federally Qualified Health Centers in Western New York. Three grants provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for $167,000 each, are being awarded to Jericho Road, the Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center and the Community Health Center of Buffalo.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019 (HR 2507). The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Higgins, assists states in improving and expanding newborn screening programs, supports parent and provider newborn screening education, and ensures laboratory quality and surveillance.
This week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019. The legislation provides patients enrolled in Medicare with access to the full range of licensed services provided by Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs).
Feds Recently Proposed Cutting Payment Rates For New York Hospitals In High-Wage Areas; Adjustments Would Cripple Upstate Urban & Rural Hospitals
NY Congressional Delegation Reveals That Proposed Changes Would Cost New York Hospitals An Estimated $53 Million Per Year, Creating Budgetary Restrictions, Risk Of Lay-Offs & Reduced Services
Representatives To CMS: Medicare Area Wage Index Changes Disproportionately Harm New York And Must Not Stand
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced VA Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo VA Medical Center) has received a $684,254 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pursue research on blast-induced eye damage in active military personnel and veterans.
During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing titled “Pathways to Universal Health Coverage,” Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) discussed the importance of defending pre-existing conditions protections codified in the Affordable Care Act, and stressed that the Medicare model, which has proven to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare, should be available to more Americans.
During his remarks, Congressman Higgins said:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives passed H.R. 987, The Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, by a vote of 234-183. The legislation combines seven bills that take action to lower the costs of prescription drugs as well as promote competition from generic alternatives. The omnibus package also includes provisions to stabilize insurance markets and rescind an October rule allowing for the expansion of “junk plans” that do not cover preexisting conditions or provide essential benefits.
The legislation includes:
Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) was joined by representatives from People Inc., Western New York Independent Living and the National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology to announce federal legislation to make it easier for individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions to access specialized wheelchairs and adaptive equipment technology. Reps. Higgins and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI-05) have introduced H.R.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) Executive Director Michael J. Swartz and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Environmental Health at the University of Buffalo, Dr. Ali El-solh, to announce federal grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs supporting three separate research projects at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. The three grants represent a total of $2,413,635 in funding awarded to the Buffalo VA.