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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.

More on Health Care

Oct 8, 2021 Press Release

MATTESON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02) announced that five community health centers in the South Suburbs and Chicago’s South Side have been awarded a total of more than $4 million in infrastructure improvement grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Sep 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswomen Robin L. Kelly (D-IL) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) recently led 27 of their Congressional Black Caucus colleagues in writing to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to request that the agency not extend the Trump Administration’s harmful Medicare payment policy for safety-net hospitals participating in the 340B drug pricing program.

Sep 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today voted to favorably report the Build Back Better Act out of the Energy and Commerce committee. The legislation will soon advance to the House floor for final passage.

Sep 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Yesterday, Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D.

Aug 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Rep. Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), voted to pass S.Con.Res. 14, Advancing the Build Back Better Plan to begin the process of writing the budget reconciliation bill that will enact the Build Back Better Plan into law. This plan will deliver life-changing benefits for working families across the nation through creating new jobs, cutting taxes for families and small businesses, and lowering healthcare costs.

Jul 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today introduced the Evaluating Disparities and Outcomes of Telehealth (EDOT) During the COVID-19 Emergency Act of 2021 to develop data-driven policies for telehealth following the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Jul 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Robin L.

Jul 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04), Congressional Black Caucus First Vice Chair, re-introduced the Medicare Dental Coverage Act to provide dental coverage under Medicare Part B.

Jul 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s bill, H.R. 4387, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act, passed out of markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Kelly introduced the bipartisan legislation in July along with Reps. Alma Adams of North Carolina and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, and Republican colleagues Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Michael Burgess of Texas and Bob Latta of Ohio. This bill will soon advance to the House floor for final passage.

Jul 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Robin Kelly has introduced H.R. 4387, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act (MHQIA), aimed at reducing the alarming rate of maternal deaths in America and saving mothers’ lives.

In the United States, there is an estimated 700 pregnancy-related deaths per year and 60 percent of these are considered preventable. The crisis is most severe for Black mothers in America, who are dying at 3 to 4 times the rate of their white counterparts.

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