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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

Jul 27, 2015 In The News

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” 

I believe, as Dr. King did, that health care is a fundamental civil right. As such, my primary charge as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust is to promote, protect, support and defend the basic human right of all Americans to healthy life. 

Jul 23, 2015 In The News

By Rep. Robin Kelly
Feb. 12, 2015, 11:51 a.m.
The cyberattack carried out recently against Anthem, one of the nation’s leading health insurers, is yet another stark reminder of the persistent threats American businesses and consumers face in the digital age.

Jul 15, 2015 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly issued the following statement today urging state officials to work together to reach a fair-minded budget agreement before more vulnerable citizens are unduly impacted.

Jun 25, 2015 Press Release

U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell preserving nationwide tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

May 27, 2015 Page

The following links related to federal and state grants are for Federally Qualified Health Centers and non-profit agencies in the health and wellness fields:
http://www.hhs.gov/grants/
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/grants/gas/

 

Apr 29, 2015 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Bloom Township High School District 206 received a $360,000 federal grant to reduce violence through school and mental health counseling programs.

The purpose of the Department of Education Grant is to prevent delinquency and criminal behavior by expanding school counseling programs and increasing access to mental health services for youth exposed to or traumatized by violence, who are suffering from depression or anxiety, or who are failing or having difficulty in school.

Mar 6, 2015 Press Release

Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair Dr. Robin L. Kelly issued the following statement following oral arguments for King v. Burwell at the Supreme Court:

“The Affordable Care Act rightfully makes premium tax credits available to all eligible Americans regardless of where they live.  That’s why this bill works.  It bridges the divide that contributes to health inequality in America.

Feb 10, 2015 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) released the following statement recognizing National Children’s Dental Health Month.

“Each February, we mark National Children’s Dental Health Month to underscore the importance of instilling healthy dental habits early and ensuring that our kids have access to quality oral health care. 

Feb 10, 2015 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly visited Roseland Community Hospital’s new Mobile Dental Van during its stop at the hospital’s Women, Infant and Children’s Center, where a pediatric dentist provided babies and toddlers with their first dental exams.

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