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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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Feb 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) led the reintroduction of the Medicare-X Choice Act, legislation to create a public option health plan available for purchase on the individual and small business exchanges. Representatives John Larson (CT-1) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Senators Michael Bennet (CO) and Tim Kaine (VA) joined Rep. Antonio Delgado in this reintroduction.

Feb 16, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Western New York will be included among the 250 clinics nationwide first to receive a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release

The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, on which Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) serves, will begin the process of considering measures included in the next COVID-19 disaster relief package.

Congressman Higgins said, “Americans are eager to return to the life we knew pre-pandemic. While many things may never be the same, quick action on this package can help protect people from the disease and uplift struggling families, businesses and communities.”

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Erie and Niagara Counties will receive over $792 million in estimated federal disaster relief under the American Rescue Plan.  The newly released data is provided by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is overseeing the state and local aid component of the bill.

Feb 9, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for Western New York Federally Qualified Health Centers to receive a direct allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government. 

Feb 4, 2021 Press Release

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) introduced legislation aimed at increasing access to lung cancer screening by providing grants that support the establishment and maintenance of new lung cancer screening registries. 

Feb 3, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval in the House of Representatives of the 2021 Budget Resolution, the first step in passing President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

Feb 3, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) has been reappointed to serve on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means including its subcommittees on Social Security, Health, and Trade.

Higgins said, “Membership on these committees puts us at the table for discussions on many of the issues important to Western New York. The work ahead will be particularly critical this year as we address needed relief to communities and help families and businesses recover from hardships associated with COVID-19.”

Jan 25, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $306,420 in federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo and Jericho Road Community Health Center to help reduce hypertension among high-risk populations. The grants will support an increased use of self-measured blood pressure technology (SMBP) to address racial health disparities associated with the condition, which increases the risk of serious health complications for those exposed to COVID-19.

Dec 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and fellow colleagues on the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus, Congressmembers Judy Chu and Jośe Serrano, are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove guidelines barring men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating plasma and other blood products.