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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.

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Aug 16, 2019 Press Release

What: Non-partisan Congressional Maternal Health Field Inquiry, in collaboration with Advocate Children’s Hospital. The field inquiry is intended to shine an urgent light on the status of women’s health in preparation for motherhood and after giving birth. The findings of the hearing will contribute to a larger federal reporting and factfinding efforts to bolster a national response to curtail maternal mortality and near deaths.

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Aug 13, 2019 Press Release

Matteson, IL – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and her staff completed training to administer naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug.

Jul 30, 2019 Press Release

Matteson, IL – In advance on the second 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, SELF magazine asked all of the 2020 Presidential candidates about their plans to tackle America’s growing maternal mortality crisis. To answer the question, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper cited the MOMMA’s Act, introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

Jul 29, 2019 Editorial

It’s 1843 and your son has a fever. It’s been getting worse for days and you know he needs help. So, you get on your horse, pull him up and start riding. After miles and miles, you finally reach the only doctor in the county in a desperate attempt to get care for your child. This story would be exactly the same if it were told in 212 B.C., 873, 1564 and even well into the 1900s.

In 2019, too many patients are still forced to do the same thing. This time, instead of a horse, it might be a car or bus, if you’re lucky enough to own one or afford the fare.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and author of the MOMMAs Act, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee.

“As a momma, my heart goes out to those families who have lost their momma,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “Starting or growing one’s family shouldn’t cost a mother of color her life. All mommas deserve a chance to be a momma. Together, we can make sure this is always the case…”

May 10, 2019 Editorial

This weekend, we celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers and all the women who love and nurture us.

There will be brunches and mimosas, cards and flowers, backyard BBQs and fancy dinners. It might just be a quick call saying, “Hey mom, I love you.” Each family will be celebrating their moms in their own special way.

For many of us, the days of spending this holiday with our moms have sadly passed. So, we look back with fondest and some sadness while knowing we are still loved by her even if she’s gone.

May 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s bipartisan Orange Book Transparency Act (H.R. 1503). This legislation will increase access to lower cost generic drugs and bolster competition in the marketplace to drive down prescription drug costs by making technical changes to the Orange Book and listing process.

May 6, 2019 Press Release

In celebration of Mothers’ Day, Congresswoman Robin Kelly hosted a Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls event at the Matteson Holiday Inn honoring African American mothers and highlighting issues affecting their health and families.

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.

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