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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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Jul 1, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center has been awarded $559,995 in a federal grant.  The funds were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and authorized for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address health care facility and equipment needs.

Jun 24, 2009 Press Release
“What I want to talk about is America...if we’re going to do a not-for-profit plan, it should be designed to do one thing: it should be a countervailing force for a system that everybody agrees is unaffordable, unsustainable and unacceptable.”
Jun 24, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve keys bills which will provide critical support services and funding for veterans: H.R. 1016, the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform & Transparency Act and H.R. 1211, the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act.
Jun 19, 2009 Press Release
“This outline is the culmination of months of deliberation, and is the first concrete step toward reforming our health care system to reign in skyrocketing costs that threaten to bankrupt our families and government. The best patient care and highest quality outcomes should be the only influences in medical decision making. We must cut waste and unintended incentives that drive up costs, encourage innovation and access to cutting-edge treatments, and substantially address prevention and wellness toward the goal of reducing the incidence of chronic disease. The Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic serve as examples of high quality, low cost, highly integrated medical practices that are already using these strategies with very good and efficient outcomes and should serve as models as we move forward. The United States spends more per capita on health care than any country in the world but our outcomes are dismal and getting worse. A physician-driven, highly transparent, voluntary, not-for-profit public health plan option is necessary to truly reform our healthcare system and today we move closer to that goal.”
Jun 15, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve a bill providing critical federal dollars for efforts to maintain national security, respond to H1N1 flu needs, fund consumers vouchers for less efficient vehicle trade-ins and support our troops and veterans.
Jun 12, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which will grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to better protect the public health as it relates to tobacco. 

Jun 9, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and a number of other members of the House Ways and Means Committee met with President Obama in the State Dining Room at the White House to discuss the future of health care in the United States.

In the coming weeks Congressman Higgins will be working with his colleagues to advance a plan to provide universal health care for Americans.  There are currently 47 million people in the U.S. who are uninsured.  In New York, 2.5 million are uninsured, 80% of which are working but simply can’t afford the cost of quality health care

Jun 1, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo have been awarded $ 1,346,463 in grants made available through Recovery Act funding authorized for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

“Research dollars are essential in the development of today’s treatments that lead to tomorrow’s cures,” said Congressman Higgins.  “These grants provide a significant new investment into the cutting-edge activities happening every day by Roswell Park and UB at Buffalo’s Medical Campus.”

May 12, 2009 Press Release

Today, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will introduce the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, a bill to require health insurance coverage for intravenous/injectable and orally-administered cancer pills at the same rate.

May 5, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary for Veterans Affairs (VA) calling for the establishment of the nation’s first Regional Job Training and Placement Center at Buffalo’s Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, M.D. Center for the Visually Impaired.