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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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Mar 18, 2020 Press Release

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. 

Mar 18, 2020 Press Release

In a letter to Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services and Coronavirus Czar, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is demanding the Administration address the urgent need for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits. 

Mar 14, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in a broad bipartisan vote (363-40-1) The bill provides paid leave, establishes free testing, and provides important benefits to children, families and seniors. This comes after Congress approved $8.3 billion to address the urgent costs associated with testing and treating those with coronavirus and minimizing the growing impact of the virus last week.

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Mar 4, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020. The bill provides $8.3 billion for a robust response to COVID-19, the “Coronavirus,” including vaccine development, support for state and local governments, and assistance for affected small business.

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12), Darin LaHood (R-IL-18), Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) today introduced the Hemophilia Skilled Nursing Facilities Access Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve access to critical health care services provided through Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) for individuals with hemophilia.

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

At a Ways and Means Committee hearing with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) pointed out that the Administration’s actions to eliminate healthcare coverage for those with pre-existing conditions is further jeopardizing vulnerable populations as the coronavirus begins to impact people in the United States. 

Feb 13, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House Committee on Ways and Means has approved the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act (H.R. 5826).  The bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, improves transparency and provides better protections for patients facing medical bills.

Feb 11, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, provided in an analysis of the Trump Budget, released this week, the devastating impact it would have on the people, neighborhoods and economy of Western New York.

Jan 31, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for approval of new legislation that would expand coverage, under Medicare, of the prescription drugs patients are required to take to reduce the risk of rejection following a kidney transplant.