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) today announced plans to introduce the U.S. Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act. The bill would create an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services -- the National Medical Command (NMC) -- charged with preparing for, monitoring, and responding to pandemics, and would provide significantly increased federal funding for research into treatments and vaccines against infectious diseases.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) received confirmation that Rite Aid is planning to locate two new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Western New York: one in the City of Niagara Falls and one in Buffalo’s coronavirus hotspot within the 14215 zip code.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for the next COVID-19 emergency package to include language giving cancer patients equal access to oral chemotherapy medications that can be taken at home. Oral chemo parity, requiring similar health insurance coverage for oral chemo drugs as that provided for injectable or intravenous chemo, is a measure Congressman Higgins has been fighting for and it is especially relevant amid today’s public health emergency.
Federal, County and City leaders representing Niagara Falls are calling on the Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir, who has been designated the coronavirus National Testing Czar, to coordinate testing sites in the City of Niagara Falls. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert M. Restaino, Niagara County Legislature Minority Leader Dennis Virtuoso and County Legislators Mark Grozio, Owen Steed and Chris Robins, all of whom represent the City, joined together to appeal to the U.S.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal funding to safeguard residents in low-income housing during the public health crisis. The CARES Act, approved in the House of Representatives on March 27th included Supplemental Public Housing Operating Funds to support measures to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic in public housing. Western New York will receive the following:
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) encouraged local professional and volunteer fire departments to apply for new federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27th.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced more than $71.87 million in federal funding has made its way to Erie and Niagara Counties to help hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“There are no words that can appropriately express the appreciation we have for our healthcare workers, who know the danger they are walking into and continue to head to work each day prepared for battle,” said Higgins. “They need supplies, resources and support. This is a start.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) voted in favor of a coronavirus emergency package that provides relief to healthcare providers, expands the Paycheck Protection Program keeping small businesses afloat and employees working, and funds testing capacity toward the goal of restarting the economy. At the same time Higgins expressed great frustration that the bill didn’t include funding he supported for communities dealing with COVID-19 response.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling out the GOP’s refusal to include funding for communities in the COVID-19 emergency package before Congress this week.
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