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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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, along with Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) and fellow Illinois Representative Rodney Davis, reintroduced the Expanding SNAP Options Act to keep Americans safe during the pandemic by creating an easily accessible system for online SNAP purchases.
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kelly and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) reintroduced the bipartisan Supporting Best Practices for Healthy Moms Act, aimed at reducing maternal deaths in the United States.
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Congresswoman Kelly released the following statement on environmental racism in the city’s South East Side:
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Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Democratic members of the Illinois delegation wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services endorsing the state’s waiver request to expand care access to new moms for the entire postpartum period.
In endorsing the waiver request, they wrote: “Illinois’ waiver request demonstrates innovative solutions to the maternal mortality crisis and embodies the intent of Congress in creating the Medicaid program to provide medical assistance to our nation’s most vulnerable populations.”