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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

Apr 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s Orange Book Transparency Act (H.R. 1503) to the full House of Representatives for consideration and action.

Introduced in March, the Orange Book Transparency Act would increase access to lower cost generic drugs and bolster competition in the marketplace to drive down prescription drug costs for American families.

Apr 1, 2019 In The News

Federal grants totaling $12.1 million will allow Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness Center to continue operations of health care clinics, according to U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson, and Aunt Martha’s.

Her office also announced that Harvey-based Family Christian Health Center has been awarded $2.2 million in federal funding.

Mar 28, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness Center, based in Olympia Fields, was awarded two federal grants totaling $12.1 million and Harvey-based Family Christian Health Center was awarded $2.2 million in federal funding.

Mar 27, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL02), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA’s) Act in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

The legislation seeks to reduce America’s rising maternal mortality rate. On average, maternal mortality claims the lives of 700 American moms each year.

Mar 13, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and member of the Health subcommittee on Energy and Commerce, has introduced the Orange Book Transparency Act (H.R. 1503) to increase access to lower cost generic drugs and bolster competition within the generic drug marketplace to help reduce drug costs.

Mar 13, 2019 In The News

Several years after the city cracked down on Southeast Side facilities for releasing black clouds of lung-damaging petroleum coke into surrounding neighborhoods, a new federal bill aims to set in motion the first comprehensive study on the health and environmental impacts of the pollutant.

A bill introduced in Congress on Monday would require the federal government to examine potential health risks from exposure to petroleum coke, or petcoke, a solid byproduct of the oil refining process that had for years been stored in uncontained piles along the Calumet River.

Mar 12, 2019 Press Release

“Mommas are dying across this country. Every year, we lose more mommas to maternal mortality and it’s a sad fact that it’s more dangerous to have a baby today than it was 25 years ago,” began Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

Congresswoman Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and member of the health subcommittee, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee spoke surrounded by medical doctors and health advocates outside the U.S. Capitol.

Mar 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13), introduced bicameral legislation that would address the concerns of petroleum coke and pave the way for federal environmental safety regulations on the fuel. The Petroleum Coke Transparency and Public Health Act of 2019 would require the federal government to study the potential health risks posed by petroleum coke exposure as well as the environmental impacts.

Feb 22, 2019 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) are requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) take immediate action to stop a company on the Southeast Side of Chicago from releasing unsafe levels of a known neurotoxin into the air in violation of the Clean Air Act.

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:

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