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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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to postpone audits related to a discount drug program (340B) to allow hospitals and health centers to put patients before paperwork during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Higgins’s call comes in response to conversations with healthcare providers, who are already stretched thin working around the clock to prepare for and respond to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced new federal resources to help federally qualified health clinics in Western New York respond to COVID-19. Three local clinics will receive a total of $192,735 in new federal funding.
Higgins said, “Our health centers serve as primary care providers for many residents, serving as the first point of contact and a trusted medical resource in communities that are frequently underserved. These federal resources will help with the added strain COVID-19 is putting on clinic budgets that are already spread thin.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples, and State Senator Tim Kennedy are welcoming today’s announcement that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is putting the Defense Production Act (DPA) into action for the first time, since the DPA was authorized by Executive Order.
On the heels of the U.S.-Canadian agreement on border travel restriction, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins today demanded that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Wolf designate Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers as employees working under hazard, given the severe spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York. Schumer and Higgins said that the designation is essential, because it would allow CBP officers to receive hazard pay, providing financial insulation in the event that they or their family members are infected.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and New York State Senator Tim Kennedy are asking the President to immediately commence national coordination of emergency supply production, authorized under the Defense Production Act. New York State is home to 50% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the White House has authorized a federal disaster declaration for New York State. The action will allow for the flow of additional federal funding to address the urgent needs of the state and local governments in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Under the order, New York State will be provided further federal resources under the following categories:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) reported on new restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada which will be put into place by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) effective 11:59pm today, March 20, 2020 in a binational response to limit the COVID-19 outbreak.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reported the IRS tax filing deadline for this year is being moved to July 15, 2020.
On March 18, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced COVID-19 related changes allowing for individuals to delay payments until July 15, 2020, however at that time the guidance did not change the April 15 filing deadline.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of S. 3503, providing GI Benefits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The bill would ensure the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) continues providing full benefits to veterans taking courses that are moved from the classroom to online during the coronavirus outbreak.
With news of a binational plan for strict restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide clear details on the procedures for necessary border crossings and other information related to staffing levels and protections.