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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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Sep 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Solid Start Reporting Act (H.R. 7747) as part of the Veterans COMPACT Act (H.R. 8247).  The bipartisan Solid Start Reporting Act was introduced in July by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL).

The Solid Start Reporting Act (H.R. 7747) establishes oversight baselines for the newly created Solid Start Program, a transition program designed to contact veterans three times during the first year following their departure from the service.

Sep 16, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — The District's Third Annual National Maternal & Infant Health Summit kicks off with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Congressman Robin Kelly on Tuesday.

The summit is set to be a four-day virtual experience featuring panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops and a virtual expo on improving maternal and infant wellbeing.

Sep 12, 2020 In The News

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA), the nation’s leading organization for all people living with diabetes, announced its support today for the Ending Health Disparities during COVID-19 (EHDC) Act, introduced by Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL).

For months, the ADA has urged Congress to address health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic. This legislation includes important COVID-19 testing and insurance access provisions that would help to bridge these gaps. Among many key objectives, the bill would:

Sep 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, introduced the Ending Health Disparities during COVID-19 Act (H.R. 8200). 

Aug 7, 2020 In The News

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - New legislation would require the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Marshals Service and state governments to collect and publicly report detailed data about COVID-19 in federal, state and local correctional facilities.

Jul 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced the bipartisan Solid Start Reporting Act. The legislation establishes oversight baselines for a newly created program to support veteran mental health during the first year after departing military service.

Jul 22, 2020 In The News

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation advanced key IT legislation, as well as a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nomination, out of today’s business meeting.

Via voice vote, the Committee advanced the Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act, the Fundamentally Understanding the Usability and Realistic Evolution (FUTURE) of Artificial Intelligence Act of 2020, and the Advancing Artificial Intelligence Research Act of 2020, as well as the nomination of Michael O’Rielly to serve as an FCC commissioner.

Jul 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - On Thursday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly introduced the Expanding SNAP Options Act (H.R. 7535), companion legislation to S. 4202, introduced by Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth on July 2nd. The legislation would establish a digital portal to assist farmers and small, local grocers to accept SNAP benefits.

Jun 22, 2020 In The News

While Congress is under mounting pressure to extend telehealth coverage past the coronavirus pandemic, some lawmakers want to make sure the evidence is there to support those moves.

Jun 11, 2020 In The News

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.

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