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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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Sep 26, 2013 Page
Access to Affordable Health Care in the United States: 
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Aug 14, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was in Niagara Falls to join the Community Health Center of Niagara in recognizing Community Health Center Week.
Jun 24, 2013 Press Release
The Neighborhood Health Center officially unveiled renovations at its existing facility at 155 Lawn Avenue that provides health care to thousands of patients in the Black Rock and Riverside communities in the City of Buffalo at an official unveiling event today. The approximate $2 million in renovations included the construction of 18 new patient rooms, a new waiting room and entrance area, expanded space for oral health services as well as $400,000 in technology and related equipment, including electronic health and dental record systems.
Apr 17, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recently took to the House of Representatives Floor to raise awareness of the need for a renewed national focus on preventing, treating and caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease.  

Apr 8, 2013 Press Release

Today, thousands of advocates from across the country gather in Washington, D.C. to rally in support of medical research funding.  The crowd in the nation’s capital will include more than 50 researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  

Feb 25, 2013 Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that researchers at University at Buffalo have been awarded a grant for $333,805 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study treatments for chronic pain that will prevent the risk of abuse or development of tolerance. 

Feb 11, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) President & CEO Dr. Donald Trump and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Federal Government Relations Director Hillary Clarke to outline the local impact of federal investments in cancer research and the devastating impact cuts, including possible sequestration, would have on both the economy and the effort to improve cancer outcomes.  

Jan 31, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) applauded the work of local families fighting to address the prescription drug epidemic.  Late last week three Western New Yorkers testified at a hearing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.  After hearing their stories and other compelling evidence, the panel voted 19-10 to call for stricter controls on the prescription of highly addictive hydrocodone medications.

Jan 25, 2013 Press Release

In advance of hearings on strengthening hydrocodone regulation, Congressman Brian Higgins wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking that the personal experiences of those testifying, including that of Western New Yorker, Avi Israel, be taken into serious consideration as policy considerations are made.