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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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.”
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World Trade Center of Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) will receive approximately $682,000 in funding, including $218,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, to help local medical device manufacturers sell their goods in China.
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke from the Floor of the House of Representatives today to celebrate the passage of New York’s Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) law. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Western New York yesterday to discuss the benefits of this new program.
“Today the Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, held that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Under the law, this year over 3 million New Yorkers have begun receiving free preventative care, over 3,000 New Yorkers with pre-existing conditions are no longer denied health insurance coverage, 160,000 young adults in New York State now receive health coverage through their parents’ plan, and 254,083 New York State seniors on Medicare are saving an average of $655 on their prescription medications.
Congressman Brian Higgins sent a letter to Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, expressing concerns about the implementation of legislation requiring insurance policies to provide coverage for oral chemotherapy medications. Higgins also asked for clarification of this law as it relates to generic-only insurance policies.
This week families touched by tragedy associated with the growing prescription drug epidemic are joining Congressman Brian Higgins and others in Washington, DC to hear about national efforts to fight the prescription drug epidemic and call for action.
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the University at Buffalo has been awarded a $2,570,749 health care innovation award through the federal government. University Emergency Medical Services was one of only 26 awards announced today in the first round of grants administered through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid innovation.