I am honored to serve as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust – one of Congress’s principal health care advisory task forces. In this position, I’m working for the people of Illinois’s Second Congressional District, and all Americans to reduce the health disparities that plague many of our communities.
My top health care priorities are: addressing health inequality in our communities, protecting a woman’s right to choose, keeping health care costs affordable, 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.
We must also address both the root causes of gun violence, as gun violence itself as a health care issue. 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.
For more information concerning my work and views on Health Care issues, please contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S.
The Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 has been described as a modest piece of legislation.
But supporters have also hailed the measure as a heartening acknowledgment by federal legislators of the need to respond to the long-unmet dental needs of millions of Americans. In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress last week passed the legislation, which is headed to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
As the chorus of medical professionals weighing in on the gun debate grows louder, House Democrats are vowing to push gun legislation and funding for research with their new majority in the next Congress.
WASHINGTON -- A Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon joined other doctors Thursday on Capitol Hill in recounting stories of the effects of gun violence, part of an effort to compel congressional action after a National Rifle Association assertion that doctors should “stay in their lane” on the topic.
The doctors’ news conference in a House office building followed the NRA’s tweet Nov. 7 on the issue.
In an ensuing uproar in the medical community, Dr. Joseph Sakran of Hopkins launched a Twitter campaign called @ThisIsOurLane.
Washington — The Action for Dental Health Act, legislation aimed at improving oral health and access to oral health care, passed Congress Nov. 28.
The bill will next head to President Donald J. Trump's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.
The ADA, which has championed the Action for Dental Health initiative since 2014, applauded the bill's passage.
Washington, DC – Last night, the U.S. House passed the bipartisan Action for Dental Health Act.
This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Mike Simpson, DMD (R-ID), to provide essential oral and dental health services to underserved communities. The Action for Dental Health Act targets federal funding to provide vulnerable populations, especially children, seniors and those living in rural and urban communities with dental care.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released this statement following the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act in the U.S. Senate:
“Today, we took another important step toward expanding access to healthcare with the Senate introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act. This important bill is based upon one simple premise that all Americans can support: your health should never be determined by the zip code in which you were born.
Matteson, IL – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Action for Dental Health Act, introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly.
This bipartisan legislation would target existing federal dollars to organizations that provide oral health service to underserved communities, especially children, seniors and people living in rural and urban communities. Without new funding, this legislation will strengthen the impact of existing resources and services.
Letter to the editor
President Donald Trump’s recent column attacking "Medicare for All" is laughable and riddled with "alternative facts."
Here are the real facts: Since taking office, Trump has done everything in his power to strip health care from millions of hardworking American families and seniors.