Healthcare and healthcare access are some of the most important but also challenging issues facing Illinois families. We all want to keep ourselves and our families healthy but too often families experience barriers to care, lack of access to care or unaffordable care. In Congress, I’m working to change that because healthcare is a human right.
In Congress, I serve on the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee – Congress’ main policy writing institution for healthcare legislation – and I chair the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust – one of Congress’s principal health care advisory task forces. These roles place me at the nexus of legislative efforts to ensure quality, affordable healthcare for all Illinoisans.
My top healthcare priorities are:
- promoting health equity in our communities,
- protecting a woman’s right to make her own healthcare choices,
- ending maternal mortality,
- expanding access to dental care,
- increasing diversity within the ranks of healthcare providers,
- fostering innovation at the intersection of technology, healthcare and telemedicine, 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, and healthcare innovation.
We must also address both the root causes of gun violence, as gun violence itself is a public health crisis. 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.
While access to care and systemic innovation are important, it is necessary to recognize that a host of social, economic and environmental factors contribute significantly to an individual’s health outcomes. That’s why I am pushing for policies that benefit the overall well-being of our communities, in addition to health advancing legislation the reduces barriers to accessing care.
For more information concerning my work and views on Health Care issues, please contact me.
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Black and Latino communities throughout the U.S. have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, and health experts say the federal government needs to have a plan to distribute vaccines in these communities.
As the coronavirus spread across the country, federal and state governments relaxed restrictions during the public health emergency on the use of telehealth, providing additional means for patients to receive health care without risking their safety.
Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., wants the federal government to commission a wide-ranging study on the technology to inform Congress on telehealth’s pros, cons and overall effectiveness before the relaxed telehealth policies are rolled back.
The moves by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to relax regulations around telehealth have been lauded by providers and patients around the country. But after the danger from the coronavirus has passed, some fear that the agency will reinstate those regulations, making telehealth less accessible for those who need it.
Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, introduced a bill yesterday that would mandate a study on the effects of telehealth changes on Medicare and Medicaid during the COVID-19 crisis.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly recently announced that federal grants totaling more than $11.3 million have been awarded to five community health centers on Chicago’s South Side and in the South Suburbs.
Across the country, the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately hit communities of color, specifically affecting black, Native, and Latino Americans at higher rates than whites.
In Mississippi, for example, while black people comprise 37 percent of the population, they make up 52 percent of Covid-19 deaths. And in multiple Southwestern states, the Navajo Nation has seen one of the highest rates of coronavirus cases in the country.
WASHINGTON — House Democrats slammed federal health officials Wednesday, calling a report on the racial breakdown of cases and deaths from the coronavirus "pitiful" and saying it hurts efforts to target resources to communities of color.
Congresswomen Karen Bass of California and Robin Kelly of Illinois say the Centers for Disease Control “should have been ashamed” to release the 2.5-page report on coronavirus victim demographics without any new data.
U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) touted federal money for state and local resources in the House-passed HEROES Act while Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to begin negotiations for another round of federal support.
Matteson, IL – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced that federal grants totaling more than $11.3 million have been awarded to five community health centers on Chicago’s South Side and in the South Suburbs.
Matteson, IL – On Thursday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced that federal grants totaling nearly $2.6 million have been awarded to five community health centers to expand vital coronavirus testing within the 2nd Congressional District.
“Testing is our best line of defense against the spread of COVID-19,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “I’m especially grateful the grants will expand testing within Cook County and within our minority communities, which have been disproportionately and adversely impacted by this crisis.”
Community Health Centers awarded the grants were: