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 visited the headquarters of the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) of Western New York to celebrate National Nurses Week and congratulate the local organization for receiving top scores in a national survey on patient satisfaction.
“We’re making progress toward saving the Michaels of world, toward making a real difference in preventing prescription drug addiction,” said Avi Israel, who along with his wife Julie Israel, founded Save the Michaels of the World – a prescription drug abuse prevention and awareness group named for their son Michael, who took his own life after battling addiction to prescription painkillers.
Congressman Brian Higgins announced that Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB) has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services as part of their Capital Development – Building Capacity program. They will use this funding to expand their facility in Niagara Falls adjacent to the Memorial Medical Center. Congressman Higgins toured the CHCB on Tuesday, May 1.
This week Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) attended a White House Business Council roundtable discussion on Innovation in healthcare. The event featured a discussion with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Bill Corr as well as WNY healthcare industry leaders and was hosted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
Today, U.S. Representatives Michael G. Grimm (R-S.I./Brooklyn) and Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) led New York’s Congressional delegation in sending a letter of support for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s proposed legislation, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP). This state-led initiative would establish a program connecting doctors and pharmacists to a real-time, online database to track the prescribing and dispensing of frequently abused drugs.
Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) today joined with dozens of employees from CUBRC to celebrate the research institution’s largest federal contract to date. This new arrangement will help create a dozen jobs at one of the Medical Campus’ most promising companies.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and N.Y. State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (58th District) announced actions they are taking to address the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. This announcement comes just days after U.S. Attorney William Hochul and N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hosted a summit calling for action to fight the prescription painkiller problem and as the nation kicks off Red Ribbon week (October 23-31) an annual anti-drug awareness campaign.
With the first public meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction set for Thursday, September 8, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is asking the Committee co-chairs for serious consideration of an effort to negotiate lower drug prices through the Medicare program, a change that could save the nation as much as $200 billion over the next 10 years.
In a letter to President Obama, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined steps central to growing jobs in Western New York and across America. This comes in advance of the President’s economic address before Thursday’s joint session of Congress.