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.
More on Health Care
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.
The Affordable Care Act : People with Preexisting Conditions
- Insurers can no longer deny coverage or charge higher premiums for preexisting conditions.
- Insurers can no longer apply lifetime benefit limits on your coverage.
- Insurers can only apply modified annual benefit limits on your coverage. Beginning in 2014, insurers are prohibited from applying any annual limits on your benefits.
The Affordable Care Act: Women
- Prevents insurance companies from dropping women when they get sick or become pregnant.
- Improves care for millions of older women with chronic conditions, by providing incentives under Medicare for more coordinated care.
- Over 47 million women with private health insurance are guaranteed free coverage of a range of preventive health services.
The Affordable Care Act: Small Businesses, Non-profits
- The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) allows small businesses and small nonprofits to compare and purchase coverage options on October 1, 2013 for coverage that can begin as early as January 1, 2014.
The Affordable Care Act Implementation Schedule
- Insurers can no longer drop your coverage when you become sick.
- Insurers can no longer apply lifetime benefit limits to your coverage.
- Insurers may only apply modified annual benefit limits to your coverage.
- Insurers can no longer discriminate against children up to age 19 with preexisting conditions.
- Insurers must spend at least 80% of your premium dollars on health care or quality improvement.
- Insurers must publicly justify rate
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly provided constituents with valuable information on the Affordable Care Act during a recent Town Hall meeting at the Mary Magdalene M.B. Church in Chicago.
Experts explained the new federal health care law and how it benefits individuals and families. Participants also learned about the Illinois Marketplace and what the ACA means for small businesses.