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 more than $1.3 million in funding awarded to federally qualified healthcare clinics to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Western New York. The supplemental funding was included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, approved by the House of Representatives on April 23rd, which provided $25 billion to expand testing nationwide.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of $8 million total in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to BestSelf Behavioral Health, and Horizon Health Services for expansion and continuation of mental health and substance abuse services.
Local leaders welcomed the formal announcement by Rite Aid of 46 additional COVID-19 testing sites across the country including at two of the company’s locations in the Cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo, scheduled to open on Monday, May 11, 2020.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced an additional $690,559 in federal funding for several local colleges and the students they serve.
Higgins said, “Access to education is challenging under the current public health emergency. These additional resources will help colleges continue to reach students and keep students on a path to graduation.”
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced over $1.624 million in federal coronavirus relief toward housing assistance for very low-income Western New Yorkers.
Higgins said, “Household budgets have been stretched thin as a result of the ongoing pandemic. This supplemental funding continues the Housing Choice Voucher program goal of supporting safe and healthy living conditions as we continue to follow stay-at-home guidelines.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) today announced plans to introduce the U.S. Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act. The bill would create an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services -- the National Medical Command (NMC) -- charged with preparing for, monitoring, and responding to pandemics, and would provide significantly increased federal funding for research into treatments and vaccines against infectious diseases.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) received confirmation that Rite Aid is planning to locate two new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Western New York: one in the City of Niagara Falls and one in Buffalo’s coronavirus hotspot within the 14215 zip code.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for the next COVID-19 emergency package to include language giving cancer patients equal access to oral chemotherapy medications that can be taken at home. Oral chemo parity, requiring similar health insurance coverage for oral chemo drugs as that provided for injectable or intravenous chemo, is a measure Congressman Higgins has been fighting for and it is especially relevant amid today’s public health emergency.
Federal, County and City leaders representing Niagara Falls are calling on the Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir, who has been designated the coronavirus National Testing Czar, to coordinate testing sites in the City of Niagara Falls. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert M. Restaino, Niagara County Legislature Minority Leader Dennis Virtuoso and County Legislators Mark Grozio, Owen Steed and Chris Robins, all of whom represent the City, joined together to appeal to the U.S.