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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

Jul 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s bill, H.R. 4387, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act, passed out of markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Kelly introduced the bipartisan legislation in July along with Reps. Alma Adams of North Carolina and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, and Republican colleagues Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Michael Burgess of Texas and Bob Latta of Ohio. This bill will soon advance to the House floor for final passage.

Jul 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Robin Kelly has introduced H.R. 4387, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act (MHQIA), aimed at reducing the alarming rate of maternal deaths in America and saving mothers’ lives.

In the United States, there is an estimated 700 pregnancy-related deaths per year and 60 percent of these are considered preventable. The crisis is most severe for Black mothers in America, who are dying at 3 to 4 times the rate of their white counterparts.

Jul 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), introduced the bipartisan Providing Resources and Occupational Training for Emotional Crisis and Trauma (PROTECT) 911 Act to address important health and wellness issues for our nation’s 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers. Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA-35), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), and Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI-03) are original cosponsors.

Jun 9, 2021 Press Release

MATTESON, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today appeared before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to advocate for increased gun violence prevention funding.

May 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, today re-introduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality & Morbidity Awareness Act, or MOMMA’s Act, to address the maternal health crisis. The bill was re-introduced with 25 original cosponsors.

May 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today introduced the bipartisan Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act, or the Helping MOMS Act, to permanently expand Medicaid coverage for postpartum care and combat the growing maternal mortality crisis. The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16).

May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) this week led a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients requesting that the Biden Administration prioritize plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound people across the United States.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) introduced the bipartisan Medical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2021 to expand coverage for medical nutrition plans under Medicare and combat health disparities.

Apr 29, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) today released the following statement regarding President Biden’s decision to initiate a ban on menthol cigarettes:

“Today’s action is consistent with the Biden Administration’s commitment to advancing racial equity and addressing health disparities in this country with fact-based, scientific action.

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