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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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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

Jan 17, 2020 In The News

A bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation on Jan. 16 that would use broadband service data mapping to identify areas of the country where high rates of poor maternal health overlap with a lack of broadband service access.

Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Susan Brooks, R-Ind., introduced the Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act.

Jan 10, 2020 In The News

U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken of his success in lowering U.S. cancer rates. However, this is challenged by U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who states the success is due to actions put in place by President Obama.

Jan 8, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced that more than $153 million in federal grants were awarded in 2019 to school districts and health care agencies within the 2nd Congressional District.

Jan 6, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced that the Second Congressional District of Illinois received more than $153 million in federal Health and Human Services grants in 2019.

Dec 16, 2019 In The News

The Democrats of the US House have taken action against the out of control prices of drugs in the US. A bill has been passed by the House that would lower the prescription-drug prices. All of the Democrats voted in favor of the bill and the bill passed with the margin of 230-192 votes. Two Republican representatives also voted in favor of the bill on Thursday.

Dec 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, member of the Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released this statement regarding the passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3):

“Too many Illinois families are forced to make the impossible decision between lifesaving medicine and groceries. No family should be forced into this situation because healthcare is a human right.

Dec 3, 2019 In The News

The United States is the only developed nation where the overall maternal mortality rate is on the rise, and black women are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. In Illinois, the racial disparity is even worse.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly sat down with Reset to talk about the Helping MOMS Act of 2019, a bill she’s sponsoring to address maternal health issues.

On why she’s pushing to improve maternal health

Nov 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Energy and Commerce approved bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing and ending America’s growing maternal mortality crisis.

The Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services (MOMS) Act of 2019 was introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and co-led by Representatives Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL).

Nov 15, 2019 In The News

House lawmakers are pushing a bill that would make it easier for states to provide Medicaid coverage to new mothers for a longer period of time, in the hopes it will curb the rate of women dying from complications after giving birth.

Democrats and Republicans often don’t agree on who should be covered by Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income individuals. But the number of women experiencing pregnancy-related health problems—killing 700 women per year—has brought lawmakers to the table to look for ways to improve access to and quality of postpartum care.

Nov 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representative Health Subcommittee marked up and advanced bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing and ending America’s growing maternal mortality crisis.

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