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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

Nov 19, 2020 In The News

Lawmakers and experts on Wednesday discussed the crucial role technological advancements are playing in providing health care, particularly for diabetes patients.

Despite medical innovations like blood glucose monitors, many Americans still have trouble accessing the proper tools for living with diabetes. Greater access to those technologies, lawmakers said, could improve the quality of life for the tens of millions of Americans who have diabetes.

Nov 17, 2020 In The News

South suburban health care professionals and advocates are welcoming word that COVID-19 vaccines could be available for public use by the end of the year, but they worry many in communities of color won’t take a vaccine when one is available.

Nov 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislative language, introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, to protect older Americans from COVID-19-related scams.

Originally introduced as the bipartisan Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, the legislation was included in the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act (H.R. 2610) which the House passed on voice vote today.

Oct 7, 2020 In The News

Cook County’s public health system would take a $1.4 billion hit and more than 300,000 residents would lose their insurance if Obamacare is repealed, according to an analysis announced Wednesday.

The estimates reflect the number of patients who are enrolled in Medicaid expansion plans made possible by the 2010 law, officials said.

Oct 6, 2020 In The News

This week the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Helping MOMS Act, legislation aimed at reducing and ending America’s growing maternal mortality crisis.

Oct 6, 2020 In The News

U.S. Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., convened yesterday with Dr. Gary Puckrein, president and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum, to stress the importance of considering the barriers to healthcare people still face throughout the country.

Oct 5, 2020 In The News

Two House lawmakers active in tech policy on Monday outlined how to transition telehealth services used widely during the pandemic into permanent tools capable of reducing health care disparities in the U.S after the current crisis subsides. 

Sep 30, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL – Chief James Black and Captain Jeff Dill joined Congresswoman Robin Kelly yesterday to mark Suicide Prevention Month and call for greater access to federal first responder resiliency and wellness resources.

Sep 29, 2020 Press Release

Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Helping MOMS Act, legislation aimed at reducing and ending America’s growing maternal mortality crisis.

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.

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