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.
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On Friday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and member of the Health Subcommittee, introduced the Medicare Dental Act. The legislation would provide coverage for certain dental items and services through Medicare Part B, a position that’s supported by eighty percent of Americans.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced legislation to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities better afford prescription drugs through Medicare Part D.
H.R. 4583, The Medicare Extra Rx HELP (Higher Eligibility Limits in Part D) Act would streamline and expand the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (also known as “Extra Help”) to help more Americans access the benefit. Specifically, Schneider and Kelly’s legislation would:
Washington, DC – Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on America’s alarming maternal mortality rate and legislation designed to address this growing crisis. The Subcommittee examined four bills, including Congresswoman Kelly’s MOMMA’s Act.
For some Illinois residents, a trip to the doctor’s office can be an all-day affair.
“Today, it’s not uncommon for me to hear from constituents who have to take two buses and a day off of work and find child care just to see a doctor,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, whose district includes parts of the South Side of Chicago and Will, Kankakee and Cook counties.
A south suburban congresswoman wants to stop American mothers from dying during pregnancy and childbirth.
“We’ve already lost too many mothers to this crisis,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd District) “It’s incumbent upon us to honor their lives with action — action that will prevent another mother from needlessly dying or another family from being torn apart.”
Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, along with four other community health centers in the South Suburbs and on Chicago’s South Side, have been awarded a total of $273,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
To Heidi House, the celebration of her toddler son’s birthday Sunday was almost miraculous.
That’s because House said she went into cardiac arrest at a downstate hospital when she was in labor two years ago.
Chicago, IL – This week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly convened a non-partisan Congressional Maternal Health Field Inquiry, in collaboration with Advocate Children’s Hospital, to shine an urgent light on the rising rate of American mothers dying from pregnancy and childbirth. The inquiry’s findings will contribute to larger federal reporting and fact-finding efforts to craft a national response to America’s shocking and growing maternal morality rate.
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.
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.