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America’s seniors have spent a lifetime paying into Social Security, saving for their retirement, and preparing for their golden years.  They deserve to be able to collect on all of their hard work.  That’s why I’m working hard to ensure that Social Security is preserved not only for current retirees, but for generation of seniors to come. 

I am also committed to ensuring that older Americans have access to the best health care possible, so that they can enjoy the best quality of life, well into their senior years.  As Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust, improving senior health is one of my top priorities.  I am committed to helping seniors in the Second District, and across the nation by: 

  • Defending benefits provided to seniors through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA closed the Medicare Part D “donut hole,” extended Medicare solvency, and increased access for annual wellness visits. I support these benefits and will fight any efforts to repeal them.
  • Standing up against efforts to privatize Social Security or end Medicare by replacing it with a voucher program. These proposals will hurt seniors. I support reforms that will make Social Security and Medicare more efficient without reducing benefits for our seniors.
  • Expanding Medicare coverage to ensure that seniors have access to the best healthcare available. 
  • Protecting the solvency of Social Security and Medicare for future generations. Medicare and Social Security solvency is one of the most contentious issues in Congress and has led to a variety of radical proposals. I’m committed to responsibly reforming Medicare and Social Security to ensure the longevity of these programs.
For more information concerning my work and views on Seniors' issues, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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More on Seniors Issues

Jul 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04), Congressional Black Caucus First Vice Chair, re-introduced the Medicare Dental Coverage Act to provide dental coverage under Medicare Part B.

Jul 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) introduced the Consumer Equity Protection Act of 2021 to establish a federal taskforce to advise the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on issues of equity impacting consumers of protected classes.

May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) this week led a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients requesting that the Biden Administration prioritize plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound people across the United States.

Apr 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 446, the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) and Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH-12).

Nov 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislative language, introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, to protect older Americans from COVID-19-related scams.

Originally introduced as the bipartisan Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, the legislation was included in the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act (H.R. 2610) which the House passed on voice vote today.

Jul 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Robin Kelly has introduced the bipartisan Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, legislation that directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report to Congress the number and types of scams targeting seniors during the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation also requires the FTC to make recommendations on how to prevent scams targeting seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies.

Jul 23, 2020 In The News

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has introduced the bipartisan Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act (H.R. 7699), legislation that directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report to Congress the number and types of scams targeting seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.

The legislation also requires the FTC to make recommendations on how to prevent scams targeting seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies.

Dec 16, 2019 In The News

The Democrats of the US House have taken action against the out of control prices of drugs in the US. A bill has been passed by the House that would lower the prescription-drug prices. All of the Democrats voted in favor of the bill and the bill passed with the margin of 230-192 votes. Two Republican representatives also voted in favor of the bill on Thursday.

Dec 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, member of the Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released this statement regarding the passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3):

“Too many Illinois families are forced to make the impossible decision between lifesaving medicine and groceries. No family should be forced into this situation because healthcare is a human right.

Oct 16, 2019 Press Release

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.

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