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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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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.

Thank you.

More on Health Care

May 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and author of the MOMMAs Act, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee.

“As a momma, my heart goes out to those families who have lost their momma,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “Starting or growing one’s family shouldn’t cost a mother of color her life. All mommas deserve a chance to be a momma. Together, we can make sure this is always the case…”

May 10, 2019 Editorial

This weekend, we celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers and all the women who love and nurture us.

There will be brunches and mimosas, cards and flowers, backyard BBQs and fancy dinners. It might just be a quick call saying, “Hey mom, I love you.” Each family will be celebrating their moms in their own special way.

For many of us, the days of spending this holiday with our moms have sadly passed. So, we look back with fondest and some sadness while knowing we are still loved by her even if she’s gone.

May 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s bipartisan Orange Book Transparency Act (H.R. 1503). This legislation will increase access to lower cost generic drugs and bolster competition in the marketplace to drive down prescription drug costs by making technical changes to the Orange Book and listing process.

May 6, 2019 Press Release

In celebration of Mothers’ Day, Congresswoman Robin Kelly hosted a Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls event at the Matteson Holiday Inn honoring African American mothers and highlighting issues affecting their health and families.

Apr 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s Orange Book Transparency Act (H.R. 1503) to the full House of Representatives for consideration and action.

Introduced in March, the Orange Book Transparency Act would increase access to lower cost generic drugs and bolster competition in the marketplace to drive down prescription drug costs for American families.

Apr 1, 2019 In The News

Federal grants totaling $12.1 million will allow Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness Center to continue operations of health care clinics, according to U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson, and Aunt Martha’s.

Her office also announced that Harvey-based Family Christian Health Center has been awarded $2.2 million in federal funding.

Mar 28, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness Center, based in Olympia Fields, was awarded two federal grants totaling $12.1 million and Harvey-based Family Christian Health Center was awarded $2.2 million in federal funding.

Mar 27, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL02), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA’s) Act in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

The legislation seeks to reduce America’s rising maternal mortality rate. On average, maternal mortality claims the lives of 700 American moms each year.

Mar 13, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and member of the Health subcommittee on Energy and Commerce, has introduced the Orange Book Transparency Act (H.R. 1503) to increase access to lower cost generic drugs and bolster competition within the generic drug marketplace to help reduce drug costs.

Mar 13, 2019 In The News

Several years after the city cracked down on Southeast Side facilities for releasing black clouds of lung-damaging petroleum coke into surrounding neighborhoods, a new federal bill aims to set in motion the first comprehensive study on the health and environmental impacts of the pollutant.

A bill introduced in Congress on Monday would require the federal government to examine potential health risks from exposure to petroleum coke, or petcoke, a solid byproduct of the oil refining process that had for years been stored in uncontained piles along the Calumet River.

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