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 that Western New York will receive more than $4.4 million in additional federal aid to combat and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Higgins said, “This federal funding, included in the CARES Act, is targeted to help communities address public health needs for people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The latest allocation brings the total awarded to Western New York for this purpose to over $10.5 million.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of $803,135 to in federal funding to provide telehealth services to Western New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program.
In the first virtual hearing in the history of the House of Representatives, members of the House Ways and Means Committee, including Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) held a hearing to discuss racial health disparities and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020. The bipartisan bill, approved by a vote of 417-1, makes more businesses eligible for the program and provides urgent solutions to some of the challenges small businesses are facing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the news that the Administration is extending federal orders assigning National Guard members to COVID-19 response through mid-August. The President had previously indicated plans to end the current order when it expires on June 24, leaving National Guard members serving on the frontlines of the pandemic response ineligible for federal benefits.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6168), providing veterans with service-connected disabilities and survivors of disabled veterans with a proposed increased rate of compensation matching the cost-of-living adjustment provided to Social Security recipients.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain first responders who contract COVID-19.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Nursing homes, by their very mission, serve those most at-risk of serious consequences as a result of infection due to age, pre-existing conditions and close proximity,” said Congressman Higgins. “This funding provides needed resources to help facilities meet the challenges of prevention and protection against COVID-19.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $34,561 to Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and $65,073 to the City of Buffalo in federal funding to assist in providing affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities through the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. This brings total affordable housing federal emergency relief supporting Buffalo residents to over $16 million: $3,044,512 for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and $13,120,017 for the City of Buffalo.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of a 5-year federal grant totaling $2.25 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) for expansion of their Special Needs Dentistry program.