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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“Today the Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, held that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Under the law, this year over 3 million New Yorkers have begun receiving free preventative care, over 3,000 New Yorkers with pre-existing conditions are no longer denied health insurance coverage, 160,000 young adults in New York State now receive health coverage through their parents’ plan, and 254,083 New York State seniors on Medicare are saving an average of $655 on their prescription medications.
Congressman Brian Higgins sent a letter to Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, expressing concerns about the implementation of legislation requiring insurance policies to provide coverage for oral chemotherapy medications. Higgins also asked for clarification of this law as it relates to generic-only insurance policies.
This week families touched by tragedy associated with the growing prescription drug epidemic are joining Congressman Brian Higgins and others in Washington, DC to hear about national efforts to fight the prescription drug epidemic and call for action.
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the University at Buffalo has been awarded a $2,570,749 health care innovation award through the federal government. University Emergency Medical Services was one of only 26 awards announced today in the first round of grants administered through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid innovation.
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.