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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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May 24, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Committees on Budget and Ways and Means, said the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) reaffirms that the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act fails to provide adequate access to affordable health care for millions of Americans.
May 3, 2017 Press Release

With a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act still possible as soon as this week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House Floor opposing the proposed legislation that dismantles protections for people with pre-existing conditions. 

Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said the White House Budget Blueprint, released Thursday, March 16, delivers a devastating blow to Western New York families and the local economy. 


Dec 1, 2016 Press Release

Medical research, innovation and advanced treatments for many of today’s most challenging health issues received a giant boost with approval of a package of legislation included in the 21st Century Cures Act, passed by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and fellow members of the House of Representatives this week. 

Sep 19, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins, NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County President & CEO Michael Weiner, and Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council Principal Planner Kelly Dixon


Jul 28, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a positive step toward the goal of a change in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy banning gay blood donations.

Jul 8, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announce overwhelming approval in the House of Representatives for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. 

Jul 6, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed the White House announcement of a final rule expanding access to medication-assisted treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction, measures similar to those proposed in Higgins’ bill, the TREAT (The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment) Act

Feb 1, 2016 Press Release

Eight Upstate New York Members of the House of Representatives are inviting the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to choose Upstate New York as a location for one of its upcoming community forums to address the opioid epidemic. 

In December the White House first announced that National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli will host community forums across the nation, with the first held in Oklahoma on December 16.