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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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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

Jan 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR), released this statement on the COR’s first full committee hearing on the high cost of prescription drugs:

Jan 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly was appointed to three critical subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Congresswoman Kelly was appointed to the subcommittees on health, energy and consumer protection and commerce.

Jan 15, 2019 In The News

U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) have been appointed to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Jan 11, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly joined House Democrats and a handful of House Republicans in advancing legislation to reopen the EPA and our national parks and monuments, including the Pullman National Monument.

“For the last three weeks, the EPA has been prevented, by President Trump and his shutdown, from performing its essential life-saving role that protects the air we breathe and the water we drink,” noted Congresswoman Kelly.

Jan 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Congresswoman Robin Kelly has been selected by the Steering and Policy Committee to serve on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This committee has broad policy jurisdiction including healthcare, technology, privacy, energy policy and consumer protection.

Dec 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S.

Dec 10, 2018 In The News

The Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 has been described as a modest piece of legislation.

But supporters have also hailed the measure as a heartening acknowledgment by federal legislators of the need to respond to the long-unmet dental needs of millions of Americans. In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress last week passed the legislation, which is headed to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Dec 4, 2018 In The News

As the chorus of medical professionals  weighing in on the gun debate grows louder, House Democrats are vowing to push gun legislation and funding for research with their new majority in the next Congress.

Nov 30, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON -- A Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon joined other doctors Thursday on Capitol Hill in recounting stories of the effects of gun violence, part of an effort to compel congressional action after a National Rifle Association assertion that doctors should “stay in their lane” on the topic.

The doctors’ news conference in a House office building followed the NRA’s tweet Nov. 7 on the issue.

In an ensuing uproar in the medical community, Dr. Joseph Sakran of Hopkins launched a Twitter campaign called @ThisIsOurLane.

Nov 30, 2018 In The News

Washington — The Action for Dental Health Act, legislation aimed at improving oral health and access to oral health care, passed Congress Nov. 28.

The bill will next head to President Donald J. Trump's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.

The ADA, which has championed the Action for Dental Health initiative since 2014, applauded the bill's passage.

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