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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.   

For information about accessing health coverage through the Affordable Care Act visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/

For additional details about health care in New York State go to: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

 

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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.   

May 1, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) President and CEO Dr. Donald Trump and WCA Hospital President and CEO Betsy Wright announced the launch of a joint radiation therapy program made available to residents in Chautauqua County and northern Pennsylvania with the help of a federal grant used to purchase new state-of-the-art conference equipment.
Apr 29, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve S. Con Res 13, the Budget Resolution Conference Report for Fiscal Year 2010. The Conference Report is a document that resolves differences between budgetary legislation agreed to in the House of Representatives and the Senate and outlines economic plans for our nation’s future. 

Apr 23, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have been awarded over $2.2 million in Recovery Act funding for new research and technology initiatives in Western New York.
Apr 20, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined the American Cancer Society in issuing a “Road To Recovery Challenge.” The goal of the project is to recruit 50 new volunteer drivers for the American Cancer Society’s service program. “Road to Recovery” links patients in need of a ride to cancer treatments with volunteers willing to donate their time and the use of their car to provide free transportation.
Apr 3, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted in favor of a 2010 federal budget that serves as a long term economic plan that will get our economy working again and put us on a path towards renewed prosperity.
Mar 18, 2009 Press Release
At a hearing of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Congressman Brian Higgins advocated for Congress to authorize a Federal 2010 budget that doubles funding for cancer research, sending a clear message of America’s commitment to fighting this deadly disease.
Feb 25, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which contains nine 2009 appropriations bills.
Feb 4, 2009 Press Release
“With today’s bipartisan passage and President Obama’s immediate signing of the SCHIP bill, President Obama and Congress are demonstrating that change has come to Washington, and that we are moving forward to improve the quality of life for American families struggling during these hard times. This expansion of the SCHIP program comes at a time when a safety net for our nation’s most vulnerable children is more critical than ever. With more than 2.6 million jobs lost last year alone, Americans are seeing the healthcare they and their children depend on disappear. Helping to provide access to affordable health care coverage is an important step forward in improving economic security and quality of life for American families. Our work to repair America’s broken healthcare system and provide all Americans with the best healthcare possible is far from complete. But today’s expansion of healthcare to an additional 4 million children is a victory for American ideals and a major step toward a healthier future.”

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