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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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, landmark legislation that reduces the cost of prescription drugs by empowering Medicare to negotiate the cost of drugs, caps out-of-pocket costs in Medicare Part D at $2,000, and requires drug companies to issue rebates if their costs rise faster than inflation.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) testified before a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing, titled “Proposals to Achieve Universal Health Care Coverage,” in support of his bill H.R. 1346, the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act. The bill, which is cosponsored by Representatives John Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), and Peter Welch (VT-AL), allows those aged 50-64 to buy into the highly successful and popular Medicare program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for answers and action in response to nationwide pediatric cancer drug shortages that are resulting in the rationing of doses and in some cases delayed treatment for our youngest cancer warriors.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) participated in a markup hearing held by the House Ways and Means Committee which advanced five bills that lower the cost of prescription drugs, expand Medicare coverage for vision, dental, and hearing services, and create more opportunity and jobs in health care. Those bills are:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, was joined by Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Susan Wild (D-PA) to introduce H.R. 4619, the Pharmaceutical Rebates for Excessive Pricing Above Inflation (REPAI) Act. This legislation will impose a new inflation rebate for the thousands of drugs that older Americans rely on and access through Medicare Part D.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke from the House floor to push for measures that would reduce the high cost of prescription drugs, including allowing the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development has awarded VA Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo VA Medical Center) and researcher Dr.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Paraprofessionals Program has awarded D’Youville a three-year, $680,000 grant to develop a Substance Use Disorder Support Specialist Certificate Program for new and existing behavioral health paraprofessionals and establish partnerships with community behavioral health organizations to provide experiential training sites for paraprofessional trainees in underserved areas of Western New York.
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.