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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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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.

Thank you.

More on Health Care

Oct 12, 2018 Press Release

Matteson, IL – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Action for Dental Health Act, introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

This bipartisan legislation would target existing federal dollars to organizations that provide oral health service to underserved communities, especially children, seniors and people living in rural and urban communities. Without new funding, this legislation will strengthen the impact of existing resources and services.

Oct 11, 2018 Editorial

Letter to the editor

President Donald Trump’s recent column attacking "Medicare for All" is laughable and riddled with "alternative facts."

Here are the real facts: Since taking office, Trump has done everything in his power to strip health care from millions of hardworking American families and seniors.

Oct 2, 2018 In The News

Charles Johnson never imagined he might lose his wife, Kira, during the birth of their second child.

This was a woman who was in good shape, he said. She ran marathons. And she was going to a well-respected hospital for a routine, scheduled C-section.

“We walked into Cedars-Sinai medical center on April 12 of 2016 with a woman who was not just in good health, she was in exceptional health," Johnson testified before lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week. "We went in for what was supposed to be the happiest days of our lives and walked right into a nightmare."

Sep 28, 2018 In The News

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families.  Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence.

Aug 6, 2018 Editorial

One thing is clear from USA TODAY’s investigation “Deadly deliveries”: We need enforceable care protocols.

Jul 23, 2018 In The News

Olivia Shorter, of Matteson, walked the halls of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and entered the offices of several members of Congress for one-on-one meetings.

Shorter, 7, was there to urge lawmakers to help children, like her, who have sickle cell disease.

“Hello, my name is Olivia,” her pitch began, according to her mother, Danielle Shorter. “Thank you for helping children with sickle cell. Here’s my card.”

Jul 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) today led 23 Senators and 11 U.S.

Jul 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON— U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Bobby Rush (D-IL-01), Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Danny Davis (D-IL-07), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), and Bill Foster (D-IL-11), today pressed Governor Bruce Rauner on what steps his Administration is currently taking—or plans to take—to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in Illinois, as well as to reduce the stark racial disparities.

Jul 9, 2018 In The News

In 2008, South Shore resident Cheryl King found a lump in her right breast.

When she told a health professional at a South Side facility, he dismissed it, saying many African-Americans have lumps in their breasts. In the three months it took to get appointments and tests with other professionals to verify it was cancer, it had grown into a stage 2 tumor.

King, 59, is not alone. Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and survival rates may have more to do with neighborhood than race, according to a new University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analysis.

Jun 20, 2018 Editorial

Black mothers are dying and it’s time to do something about it.

Every year, more than 700 American mothers lose their lives to pregnancy or birth-related complications. Some medical professionals estimate that at least half, if not more, of these deaths are entirely preventable.

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