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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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $1.6 million in additional federal funding for the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The funding, which is allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, will be directed to the WIB’s Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The program previously received two five-year awards; this extends WIB’s successful HPOG program for an 11th year.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved, under unanimous consent, S. 4116 - legislation extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline to August 8, 2020. Small businesses previously had until June 30 to apply.
Higgins said, “The current health crisis has led to an economic crisis, with many small business owners struggling to stay afloat. This Paycheck Protection Program extension gives small businesses more time to access available resources some desperately need to stay open and save jobs.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Higgins, dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announces $98,435 in new federal funding to support telehealth expansion at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). The funding, approved by Congress, is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 telehealth program.
ECMC will use the federal grant to purchase laptop computers, tablets, videoconferencing technology and software. The new equipment will enhance virtual emergency department capabilities as well as telephone and video visits in multiple outpatient primary and specialty care departments.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020. The bill works to prevent evictions, foreclosures, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Western New Yorkers are at risk of homelessness due to this unprecedented economic crisis and the provisions in this bill will help both renters and homeowners during this emergency,” Higgins said. “This federal funding is vital to prevent a bad situation from getting worse.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425), legislation expanding coverage and improving prescription drug and healthcare affordability for Americans.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that two Western New York organizations were selected for September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Grant Awards totaling more than $103,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The purpose of the grants is to encourage volunteering as a tribute to victims, survivors, and those who served in response to the attacks on 9/11.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of a 5-year federal grant totaling $2,224,925 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to University at Buffalo (UB) for the development of a method to accurately diagnose Parkinson’s disease (PD) before clinical symptoms are present.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Western New York hospitals will receive over $52.8 million in federal funding designated for the nation’s healthcare facilities who serve our most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Western New York continues to battle the novel coronavirus, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined D’Youville College in announcing a federal grant for the college’s nursing program. Allocated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the grant will give D’Youville $707,983 to help address a shortage of faculty available to educate future nurses.