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Brian is a supporter of the Affordable Care Act recognizing the law was a beginning, not an end to expanding, improving, and providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans.  He supports legislation aimed at bringing down the cost of prescription drug prices and is a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow people ages 50-64 to buy into Medicare early. 

As Co-Chair of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus, Brian works with his colleagues to support substantial federal investments in medical research, funding benefiting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus here in Western New York and supporting families fighting horrible diseases and conditions across the nation.  He is also a lead sponsor of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which requires health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for new, promising orally-administered anti-cancer medication as it does for traditional intravenous chemotherapy.

Brian remains at the forefront of today’s top health discussions ranging from improving mental health services to seeking solutions to combat the opioid epidemic, as a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.   

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May 21, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is part of bipartisan group of U.S. House of Representatives members and Senators fighting to see that National Guard members receive the benefits they deserve.

May 19, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino and Reverend Craig Pridgen, Senior Pastor and True Bethel Baptist Church and President of the Niagara Ministerial Council are teaming up to share information about the Census and stress how important it is for residents to be counted. 


May 18, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved the Heroes Act, the fourth emergency bill directed at addressing the resources and relief desperately needed by to communities battling COVID-19. 

The broad legislative package includes funding for healthcare, protections for workers, support for schools and small businesses impacted by the outbreak, resources to address food insecurity and other needs for those out of work, and direct funding for state and local governments. 

May 14, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to implement necessary measures to protect the health and safety of employees, including Western New Yorkers who work at the IRS office located in Cheektowaga, New York. 

May 13, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) outlined components of the Heroes Act, the latest emergency package constructed to provide relief to workers, families, small businesses and communities impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

May 12, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for a $5 billion investment over the next 5 years supporting research led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into the treatment and prevention of coronavirus disease. 

May 11, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Western New York hospitals will receive over $65.4 million in federal funding designated for the nation’s healthcare facilities hardest hit by COVID-19 cases.

May 11, 2020 Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Mike Kelly (R-PA-16) introduced bicameral legislation to ensure low-income families impacted by the current coronavirus outbreak can use the wages reported in their 2019 tax return to compute the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) on their 2020 tax return.


May 8, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced more than $1.3 million in funding awarded to federally qualified healthcare clinics to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Western New York.  The supplemental funding was included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, approved by the House of Representatives on April 23rd, which provided $25 billion to expand testing nationwide.  

May 8, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of $8 million total in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to BestSelf Behavioral Health, and Horizon Health Services for expansion and continuation of mental health and substance abuse services.