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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Illinois Congresswoman Robin Kelly, alongside Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID), introduced H.R. 539, the ‘Action for Dental Health Act of 2015.’ This legislation will target crucial federal dollars to state and local dental organizations to provide proven oral health care services in a manner that effectively addresses the barriers to dental care many Americans face. This bill would have a significant impact on many underserved communities.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) has been tapped to serve as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust for the 114th Congress.
The CBC Health Braintrust is the Congressional Black Caucus’ principal health care advisory task force. As Chair, Kelly will be responsible for advancing the Caucus’ health priorities, which include protecting health equity and reducing health disparities in all communities.
U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) today urged Congress to honor the memories of the victims of the Newtown school shootings and gun violence nationwide by passing common sense gun reform.
Standing with families from Chicago at a press conference marking the second anniversary of the Newtown, CT shootings, Kelly said that no matter where you live gun violence affects us all.
I’m in support of a Middle Class Jumpstart. This country needs a plan to help produce jobs in America, make college affordable, and pass legislation to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.
‘MAKE IT IN AMERICA’ – BETTER JOBS AT HOME
Frequently Asked Questions
ACA and Illinois
- Currently, more than 1.4 million Illinois residents or 13% of Illinois's non-elderly population is uninsured. The Affordable Care Act will provide those who are uninsured as well as those who are underinsured with access to private health plans through Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid.
Obamacare and Healthcare Providers
- The Affordable Care Act will help more patients access the treatment services and prescription drugs that you prescribe.
- The Affordable Care Act will help more patients obtain services in medically appropriate settings.
- Established the Community Health Center Fund that provides $11 billion over a period of five years for the operation, expansion, and construction of health centers.
- Included health care workforce initiatives to increase the number of providers available to serve patients nationwide.
The Affordable Care Act and People with Existing Insurance
- Insurers must spend at least 80% of your premium dollars on medical care or quality improvements.
The Affordable Care Act: Young Adults, Children
- Allows young adults to stay on their parents' health plans up to their 26th birthday.
The Affordable Care Act: Seniors
- The Affordable Care Act doesn't require seniors to do anything through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. Medicare beneficiaries will continue to use medicare.gov or 1-800-Medicare for Medicare Part D open enrollment from October 15 through December 7 and any other Medicare questions or concerns.
- Reduces prescription drug costs for seniors.