Advocacy – a tool for achieving policy and systemic change – is a key strategic priority of the RHC. Our advocacy efforts, which remain non-partisan, evidence-based, collaborative, and patient/person-centered, bolster our mission to improve access to health care, improve health outcomes, and eliminate health disparities.

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Actions We Prioritize


  1. Take a firm position on policies that improve health outcomes and increase access to care
  2. Leverage other organizations to share and support advocacy issues
  3. Utilize data and patient/provider stories to elevate patient concerns
  4. Empower and educate advisory boards and patients with advocacy tools and trainings
  5. Strengthen relationships with elected officials and provide education

Take Action


After months of campaigning and organizing, in August 2020, Missourians passed a ballot measure to expand Medicaid and improve the health of our state. The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) is committed to ensuring Medicaid expansion’s timely and effective implementation.

Before expansion, nearly 600,000 Missourians, or almost 1 in 10, did not have health insuranceExpansion extends eligibility for an additional 275,000 Missourians, including people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma. Now, adults may qualify who earn less than $17,774 per year as an individual, and less than $36,750 for a family of four (138% of the federal poverty level). 

We need to hold our state accountable to effectively implement the expansion of this life saving program. Sign up for our listserv (at the top of this webpage) to stay updated about advocacy opportunities. 

Visit covermissouri.org for more information on how to enroll in Medicaid.

Stay informed about upcoming elections and make your voice heard! Your vote impacts the health of your community. Visit the RHC’s Vote Safe page for more information on how to vote safely in the upcoming elections.

Each legislative cycle, the RHC tracks Missouri legislation that could impact the health of our state. Stay informed via the RHC’s Policy Tracker page. Contact your elected officials to let them know what you think about the bills!

Advocacy Framework


Collectively design and align strategies with regional efforts.

Develop shared advocacy action steps with advisory boards and partners.

Educate advisory boards, the Commission, legislators, and the community on policy updates and action steps.

Leverage partner organizations to activate their own communities.

Advocate for specific policy changes at institutional, regional, state-wide, and federal levels.

Our Priority Areas


Expanding coverage for the uninsured and underinsured

Achieving health equity

Developing the health care workforce

Addressing social determinants of health

Legislative Spotlights


  • Legal Update: The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade
    Following the Supreme Court’s decision to ban abortion, states now have the legal authority to regulate abortion access. Shortly after the decision was released, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt certified House Bill 126, which holds that abortion is illegal in all cases except where a medical emergency threatens the life of the pregnant person. Follow…
  • Medicaid enrollment backlog persists as advocates say Missouri could be doing more
    An article by the Missouri Independent published this week highlights the extended wait times that Missouri residents are facing to get approved for health insurance through Medicaid expansion. According to the state’s latest figures, almost 73,000 Missourians had Medicaid applications pending as of January, and the time that residents are waiting for approval is increasing….
  • Health leaders assail GOP’s latest attack on Medicaid expansion
    A recent article published by the St. Louis American highlights criticism from Missouri health leaders, including RHC CEO Angela Brown, as they respond to the HJR 117 bill that puts Missourian’s access to Medicaid at risk. The article notes, “HJR 117 would give the state legislature discretion whether to fund expanded Medicaid and to place…
  • HJR 117 Undermines Will of Missouri Voters
    ST. LOUIS, February 24, 2022 — Missourians deserve to receive the coverage they voted for in August 2020. House Joint Resolution (HJR) 117 would undermine the will of the voters, threaten Missourians already receiving care with a risk of losing coverage, and jeopardize our opportunity to experience the economic growth and expansion numerous other states…
  • RHC Opposes HJR 117
    Statement from Angela Brown, CEO, St. Louis Regional Health Commission

Questions?


To learn more about the RHC’s Health Policy and Advocacy work, please contact Riisa Rawlins-Easley.