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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The United States is the only developed nation where the overall maternal mortality rate is on the rise, and black women are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. In Illinois, the racial disparity is even worse.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly sat down with Reset to talk about the Helping MOMS Act of 2019, a bill she’s sponsoring to address maternal health issues.
On why she’s pushing to improve maternal health
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Energy and Commerce approved bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing and ending America’s growing maternal mortality crisis.
The Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services (MOMS) Act of 2019 was introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and co-led by Representatives Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL).
House lawmakers are pushing a bill that would make it easier for states to provide Medicaid coverage to new mothers for a longer period of time, in the hopes it will curb the rate of women dying from complications after giving birth.
Democrats and Republicans often don’t agree on who should be covered by Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income individuals. But the number of women experiencing pregnancy-related health problems—killing 700 women per year—has brought lawmakers to the table to look for ways to improve access to and quality of postpartum care.
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representative Health Subcommittee marked up and advanced bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing and ending America’s growing maternal mortality crisis.
On Friday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and member of the Health Subcommittee, introduced the Medicare Dental Act. The legislation would provide coverage for certain dental items and services through Medicare Part B, a position that’s supported by eighty percent of Americans.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced legislation to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities better afford prescription drugs through Medicare Part D.
H.R. 4583, The Medicare Extra Rx HELP (Higher Eligibility Limits in Part D) Act would streamline and expand the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (also known as “Extra Help”) to help more Americans access the benefit. Specifically, Schneider and Kelly’s legislation would:
Washington, DC – Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on America’s alarming maternal mortality rate and legislation designed to address this growing crisis. The Subcommittee examined four bills, including Congresswoman Kelly’s MOMMA’s Act.
For some Illinois residents, a trip to the doctor’s office can be an all-day affair.
“Today, it’s not uncommon for me to hear from constituents who have to take two buses and a day off of work and find child care just to see a doctor,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, whose district includes parts of the South Side of Chicago and Will, Kankakee and Cook counties.
A south suburban congresswoman wants to stop American mothers from dying during pregnancy and childbirth.
“We’ve already lost too many mothers to this crisis,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd District) “It’s incumbent upon us to honor their lives with action — action that will prevent another mother from needlessly dying or another family from being torn apart.”
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