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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BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 8, 2014) – Health care for kids and their mothers took a major leap forward today as Kaleida Health held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.
Physicians, employees, donors, elected officials, and other dignitaries were on hand to kick off construction on the new $270 million facility.
Congressman Brian Higgins joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro in introducing H.R. 5580, the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act. This legislation will incrementally increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the next seven years. The DeLauro-Higgins bill is the House companion of S. 2658 introduced by Senator Harkin, a longstanding champion of NIH funding.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the University at Buffalo has been awarded $348,945 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a nurse traineeship program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant totaling $340,800 for the Daemen College Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will help train, educate and employ new primary care providers.
“This grant serves as a win-win as it provides a quality Daemen education and job placement for students and delivers trained health care providers to fill a vital need in the community,” said Congressman Higgins.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed the coveted and prestigious Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) to Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) following an in-depth peer review by cancer experts from around the United States.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded $406,247 in grant funding from the National Cancer Institute. The two year federal grant will provide $221,589 toward the project in the first year and $184,658 the following year.
NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today called on the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to overturn the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Zohydro Extended Release (Zohydro ER). The Attorney General also issued an open letter to medical professionals highlighting the potential public safety risks posed by Zohydro ER and reminding them that the drug is subject to the restrictions outlined in New York’s historic Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing Act (I-STOP) legislation, signed into law in 2012.
“I have long said that health care reform needed a start not a finish. We understand the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect but instead of focusing on ways to improve it we have wasted time with debate entrenched in partisanship that takes us nowhere. Today I was proud to support three pieces of legislation that represent the kind of bipartisan cooperation that we need more of, not message votes or calls for repeal with no plan to replace it.