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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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Dec 21, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a major COVID disaster relief package providing urgent resources to families, businesses and communities.

Dec 11, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of legislation expanding Medicare coverage, for the prescription drugs patients are required to take to reduce the risk of rejection following a kidney transplant.

Dec 11, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced community health centers in Western New York will receive over $3.5 million in federal funding.  The funding, awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo and Neighborhood Health Center, is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dec 10, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), co-chair of the Cancer Caucus, announced the passage of a pair of bills aimed at improving access to cancer screening and clinical trials during Cancer Screen Week.

Oct 7, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R. 6813, the Promoting Alzheimer's Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act, to ensure that the Department of Justice’s elder abuse training materials take into account individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Oct 6, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet indicating he has instructed his team to stop any discussions about providing Americans and communities with COVID relief until after the election.

Sep 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for Congress to approve the Fairness to Kids with Cancer Act (H.R. 4429). The proposed legislation, which Higgins is cosponsoring, seeks to achieve parity between the share of federal funding for cancer research that is allocated to pediatric cancer research and the percentage of the U.S. population that is under the age of 18.

Aug 28, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $773,233 in federal funding provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded to Neighborhood Health Center of WNY, Community Health Center of Buffalo, and Jericho Road Ministries to further strengthen quality improvement activities and expand quality primary health care service delivery.

Aug 27, 2020 Press Release

H.R. 4920, Approved by the House & Senate and Signed Into Law this Month, Protects Local Jobs Which Would Have Been Lost


U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a new law to protect the jobs of Western New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired.

Aug 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for a reversal of the Trump Administration’s latest move to limit COVID-19 testing. The Congressman’s comments come following changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s COVID-19 testing guidance. The new CDC recommendation says individuals who come into close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 do not necessarily need to be tested themselves.