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) 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.
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.
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.
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.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the University at Buffalo (UB) has been awarded a $59,031 federal grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) confirmed that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Inspector General has initiated a review of the circumstances surrounding the reuse of insulin pens at the VA Western New York Health Center in Buffalo.
Congressman Brian Higgins took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to plead with Congressional leaders to put aside partisanship and develop real and lasting solutions to the issues facing America. Higgins warned the consequences of deadlock and inaction exact real and dire costs on American families and businesses including those right here in Western New York.
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives last week to highlight the need for increased adoption of electronic medical records. Higgins cited the benefits of the use of electronic medical records during natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy, and also generally to improve quality of patient care and reduce health care costs.
Congressmembers Kathy Hochul & Brian Higgins joined leaders from the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York (VNA) to announce a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through its Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) to implement a “Diabetes Telehomecare Program for Rural Western New York.”