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.
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In a letter to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Director, Francis Collins, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, Stephen Hahn, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, Representatives Moore, Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Robin Kelly, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust called for stronger efforts to ensure diverse participants in clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The Members released the following statement:
Matteson, IL - Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released this statement marking Mother’s Day and challenged policymakers to end America’s embarrassing maternal mortality crisis:
“This Mother’s Day may feel different for many this year, separated because of social distancing and uncertainty. Normally, our families celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers and all the women who love and nurture us with brunches, flowers, cards and backyard BBQs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit African American and Hispanic and Latino communities especially hard in terms of infection and death.
Hispanic and Latino residents account for 24.2% of the state’s confirmed cases, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health; black residents account for 19.4% of reported cases. People who tested positive but left their racial descriptions blank made up of 27.4% of the cases as of Tuesday. Individuals who self-identify as white account for 21.6% of cases.
Weeks ago, as it became clear that a deadly pandemic was spreading to the U.S. and that individuals with underlying medical conditions are more at risk, I worried that African American and Latinos would be hard hit due to long-standing disparities.
Matteson, IL – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly hosted a telephone town hall with hospital CEOs from Chicago’s South Side and the South Suburbs to hear their concerns and invite suggestions for further legislative relief efforts.
Matteson, IL – While limited data released to date show a clear and shocking trend in COVID-19 among African Americans, it is not surprising, said Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust during a recent conference call with young, frontline healthcare workers who provide services in high-risk communities.
As of early April, around 72 percent of the people who had died from the coronavirus in Chicago were African-American. Rep. Robin Kelly, whose district includes Chicago’s South Side, is working on legislation to require the federal government to collect and report racial and ethnic data associated with COVID-19.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswomen Robin Kelly (IL-02), chair of The Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Karen Bass (CA-37), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Barbara Lee (CA-13), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Edward J.
The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetime. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of people are confirmed sick, more than 20,000 people have died, and more than 16 million have filed for unemployment.
As our nation continues struggling to address the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a shocking trend in deaths among African Americans.