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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.   

For information about accessing health coverage through the Affordable Care Act visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/

For additional details about health care in New York State go to: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

 

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May 1, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal funding to safeguard residents in low-income housing during the public health crisis.  The CARES Act, approved in the House of Representatives on March 27th included Supplemental Public Housing Operating Funds to support measures to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic in public housing.  Western New York will receive the following:

Apr 28, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) encouraged local professional and volunteer fire departments to apply for new federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27th. 

Apr 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced more than $71.87 million in federal funding has made its way to Erie and Niagara Counties to help hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“There are no words that can appropriately express the appreciation we have for our healthcare workers, who know the danger they are walking into and continue to head to work each day prepared for battle,” said Higgins. “They need supplies, resources and support.  This is a start.”

Apr 23, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) voted in favor of a coronavirus emergency package that provides relief to healthcare providers, expands the Paycheck Protection Program keeping small businesses afloat and employees working, and funds testing capacity toward the goal of restarting the economy.  At the same time Higgins expressed great frustration that the bill didn’t include funding he supported for communities dealing with COVID-19 response.

Apr 22, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling out the GOP’s refusal to include funding for communities in the COVID-19 emergency package before Congress this week. 

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I recently supported the CARES Act, which included nearly $350 billion in financial assistance called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This program acts as a bridge for small businesses that retain employees and pay employees. 

The problem: the program has since run out of money. Thus far, nearly 1.7 million loans worth nearly $349 billion have been processed by nearly 5,000 lenders nationwide. It needs to be reauthorized and funded by another act of Congress and I am supporting efforts to improve and replenish the program.

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PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM:

I recently supported the CARES Act, which included nearly $350 billion in financial assistance called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This program acts as a bridge for small businesses that retain employees and pay employees.

Apr 15, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced residents can now check the status of direct payments provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Today the U.S.

Apr 13, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced grants are available through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to provide financial assistance for local arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.  Congress included $75 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the arts industry.

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