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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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Jul 25, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019 (HR 2507). The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Higgins, assists states in improving and expanding newborn screening programs, supports parent and provider newborn screening education, and ensures laboratory quality and surveillance.

Jul 9, 2019 Press Release

This week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019. The legislation provides patients enrolled in Medicare with access to the full range of licensed services provided by Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs).


Jul 1, 2019 Press Release

Feds Recently Proposed Cutting Payment Rates For New York Hospitals In High-Wage Areas; Adjustments Would Cripple Upstate Urban & Rural Hospitals

NY Congressional Delegation Reveals That Proposed Changes Would Cost New York Hospitals An Estimated $53 Million Per Year, Creating Budgetary Restrictions, Risk Of Lay-Offs & Reduced Services

Representatives To CMS: Medicare Area Wage Index Changes Disproportionately Harm New York And Must Not Stand


Jun 27, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced VA Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo VA Medical Center) has received a $684,254 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pursue research on blast-induced eye damage in active military personnel and veterans.

Jun 13, 2019 Press Release

During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing titled “Pathways to Universal Health Coverage,” Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) discussed the importance of defending pre-existing conditions protections codified in the Affordable Care Act, and stressed that the Medicare model, which has proven to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare, should be available to more Americans. 


During his remarks, Congressman Higgins said:


May 17, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives passed H.R. 987, The Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, by a vote of 234-183.  The legislation combines seven bills that take action to lower the costs of prescription drugs as well as promote competition from generic alternatives. The omnibus package also includes provisions to stabilize insurance markets and rescind an October rule allowing for the expansion of “junk plans” that do not cover preexisting conditions or provide essential benefits.

The legislation includes:

May 6, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) was joined by representatives from People Inc., Western New York Independent Living and the National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology to announce federal legislation to make it easier for individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions to access specialized wheelchairs and adaptive equipment technology.  Reps. Higgins and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI-05) have introduced H.R.

Apr 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) Executive Director Michael J. Swartz and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Environmental Health at the University of Buffalo, Dr. Ali El-solh, to announce federal grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs supporting three separate research projects at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. The three grants represent a total of $2,413,635 in funding awarded to the Buffalo VA.


Apr 3, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval in the House of Representatives of H.Res. 271, a resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s legal attack on America’s health care.

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice pursued court action to invalidate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety and throughout the week the President reignited rhetoric calling for abolishing the health coverage that has been available to all Americans since 2014. 

Mar 27, 2019 Press Release

ring a House Budget Committee hearing with the Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) raised serious questions about the rationale of cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in cancer research funding from the 2020 budget.