Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of ILLINOIS
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Health Care

I am honored to serve as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust – one of Congress’s principal health care advisory task forces.  In this position, I’m working for the people of Illinois’s Second Congressional District, and all Americans to reduce the health disparities that plague many of our communities.  

My top health care priorities are: addressing health inequality in our communities, protecting a woman’s right to choose, keeping health care costs affordable, and protecting Medicare and Medicaid for future generations.  

Improving our nation’s health requires a dedicated, and holistic advancement of access to quality and affordable health care, as well as a strong focus on promoting physical fitness, nutrition, and preventative medicine including increased access to oral health care. 

We must also address both the root causes of gun violence, as gun violence itself as a health care issue.  Gun violence is a threat to our public health, and expanding access to, and quality of, mental health care services will help reduce the threat of gun violence and gun suicides. 

Lastly, I support investments in the health care workforce.  Scientific and medical research not only creates well-paying jobs, but it also improves our long-term national health by promoting cutting edge research that will develop the next generation of cures that will save lives and further reduce health care costs.

For more information concerning my work and views on Health Care issues, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Health Care

Mar 13, 2017 Press Release

Matteson, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Health Braintrust, released this statement concerning the independent, non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the costs of the Republicans’ Make America Sick Again bill:

“Today’s CBO report shows what we already knew: the GOP’s ‘repeal and replace’ plan means families will pay more and get less.

Mar 10, 2017 Editorial

In “What the Obamacare replacement plan could mean in Illinois,” Lisa Schencker lays out the harsh reality of House Republicans’ health care “plan.” Quite simply, their plan means more dead Illinoisans and higher insurance costs.

Mar 7, 2017 Editorial

For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance.

Mar 7, 2017 Press Release

Matteson, IL - Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus's Health Braintrust, released this statement concerning Congressional Republicans' bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

"After seven years of claiming to have a credible alternative, House Republicans unveiled a bill that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. This bill will kill thousands of Americans and strip the everyday security of healthcare from millions of American families. 

Why are my colleagues so determined to make America sick again?

Mar 1, 2017 Editorial

It’s time to fight because our health is on the line. For years, Congressional Republicans have been chomping at the bit to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance.

If they succeed in repealing the ACA, experts estimate 43,000 Americans will die every year. Given the powerful and positive impact of the ACA in our community, a disproportionate number of these deaths will be African-Americans.

Jan 3, 2017 In The News

As America awaits the reality of a Republican-controlled Congress and White House, one thing has been made disturbingly clear to American families. The Trump Administration and Ryan-McConnell Congress are hell-bent on scoring political points by ending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Jan 5, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) issued the following statement today after joining President Obama at the White House for the announcement on his Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence.

“I applaud President Obama’s bold Executive Actions taken today.  These policies will have an immediate impact by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous individuals and preventing gun trafficking, while also protecting the Second Amendment rights of responsible, law-abiding citizens.

Sep 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement highlighting Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair Dr. Robin Kelly’s 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America:
“Congresswoman Kelly’s 2015 report shines a bright light on one of the urgent moral challenges before America: inequality in health.