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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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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.

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release
Reps. Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Larson (CT-01) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) are announcing introduction of the “Medicare Buy-In and Healthcare Stabilization Act”.
Jul 17, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced a 5-year federal grant totaling $2,125,000 for the Erie County Family Treatment Drug Court Enhancement Initiative.
Jul 7, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced three federal grants totaling over $2.42 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nurse training programs at the University at Buffalo (UB) and community health services in Western New York. 

“This federal funding has the dual benefit of encouraging and supporting those seeking opportunities in healthcare fields as well as expanding services in underserved areas and ultimately improving the quality of care in the region,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. 

Jun 19, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) expressed great concern that President Trump’s rollback of United States policies with Cuba implemented under President Obama that opened up new opportunities for trade, tourism and business relationships between the two nations may hurt the United States economy and threaten the future of promising cancer research underway at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

Jun 7, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to advocate for common sense changes to expand affordable health care options in America. Higgins is calling for an expansion of Medicare – the most popular and well-run health insurance platform in the country.

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