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Brian is a supporter of the Affordable Care Act recognizing the law was a beginning, not an end to expanding, improving, and providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans.  He supports legislation aimed at bringing down the cost of prescription drug prices and is a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow people ages 50-64 to buy into Medicare early. 

As Co-Chair of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus, Brian works with his colleagues to support substantial federal investments in medical research, funding benefiting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus here in Western New York and supporting families fighting horrible diseases and conditions across the nation.  He is also a lead sponsor of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which requires health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for new, promising orally-administered anti-cancer medication as it does for traditional intravenous chemotherapy.

Brian remains at the forefront of today’s top health discussions ranging from improving mental health services to seeking solutions to combat the opioid epidemic, as a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.   

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May 17, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the passage of several bills that aim to assist students by establishing and expanding mental health initiatives in schools.

Higgins said, “Due to the pandemic, Americans are experiencing a period of isolation like never before and facing additional challenges. All of this has been especially hard on our youth. These bills will dedicate resources to improve outreach and programs that help local students, who have been separated from their peers and teachers, get through this difficult time.”

May 13, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the passage of several bipartisan bills that aim to improve suicide prevention initiatives for Americans through outreach, education, and treatment.

May 12, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the New York State Department of Health will receive $1,398,324 in federal funding included in the American Rescue Plan to support home visiting services for at-risk children and families struggling under the pandemic. 

May 10, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced new tools from the White House that will help Western New Yorkers find vaccination sites in Erie and Niagara counties and receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement follows news by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that Pfizer vaccine eligibility will be expanded to include Americans ages 12-15.

May 6, 2021 Press Release

On National Nurses Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced new legislation that would provide a $5,000 tax credit to nurses and frontline healthcare workers.

Apr 30, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced major progress in the fight against opioid addiction, following news by the Biden Administration that it would expand access to the most effective medication for opioid addiction, buprenorphine.

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

Following President Joe Biden’s public address before a joint session of Congress, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is encouraged by the new federal focus on families and neighborhoods. 

Apr 27, 2021 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), and Peter Welch (VT-AL) announced introduction of the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act. The legislation allows Americans to buy into Medicare early, between the ages of 50-64.

Mar 26, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal funding totaling $10,819,250 for Neighborhood Health Center, Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB), and Jericho Road Community Health Center. The funding, included in the American Rescue Plan, will help health centers expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities.

Mar 19, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced two grants totaling $3,524,948 for Neighborhood Health Center and Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB). The funding, which was included in the American Rescue Plan, demonstrates the federal effort to lead in response to the pandemic, helping to improve and support COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination capabilities in Western New York.