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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

Mar 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Robin Kelly (IL-02), Terri Sewell (AL-07) and Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) introduced legislation to provide Medicaid coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and the associated provider visit.

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly introduced the First Responder Resiliency Act, legislation to expand access to federal resources for programs that support the health and wellness of our nation’s first responders.

“Our nation’s first responders are intrinsically selfless. They run toward danger and disaster, not away from it. They put their lives and minds on the line every day in service to our safety. Congress needs to act to help ensure that they come home safe and healthy,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

Feb 18, 2020 In The News

Black women are up to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than their white counterparts. This horrifying statistic has, at this point, become a household fact, following the past few election cycles – including more recently the presidential elections where many candidates have pushed forward their own policy plans to solve the issue.

Feb 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, 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.”

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.

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