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.
Actions We Prioritize
- Take a firm position on policies that improve health outcomes and increase access to care
- Leverage other organizations to share and support advocacy issues
- Utilize data and patient/provider stories to elevate patient concerns
- Empower and educate advisory boards and patients with advocacy tools and trainings
- Strengthen relationships with elected officials and provide education
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 Three Priority Areas
Per the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), the 2020 Census is our chance to make sure our hard-earned tax dollars make their way back to Missouri. For every adult and every child that is not counted in the census, our state will lose $1,300 in federal dollars every year. Money that can go into roads and bridges, hospitals and schools. Respond to the 2020 Census. Because Missouri counts and so do you.
The RHC endorses the Missouri Counts campaign and encourages all Missourians to respond to the 2020 Census.
How Can You Help?
“We need Medicaid expansion. Gateway is a bandaid on a water main explosion.”Primary Care Physician, Affinia Healthcare
Medicaid expansion would keep our friends, family members, and neighbors insured and healthier. The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC), therefore, is excited to announce that Medicaid expansion will be on the 2020 ballot. The RHC celebrates this momentous step towards health equity and improved health outcomes for Missourians. But we still need you! While this is the first step in a victory for the state, Missourians still need to vote for Medicaid expansion this fall.
Missouri’s current Medicaid eligibility requirements are some of the strictest in the country. Nearly 600,000 Missourians, or almost 1 in 10, do not have health insurance. If you are an adult, age 19-64, living in poverty (without children or a pregnancy, visual impairment, or disability), you do not qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid expansion would cover an additional 230,000 Missourians, including people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma. Expansion would extend eligibility and cover adults earning less than $18,000 per year as an individual, and less than $30,000 for a family of three (138% of the federal poverty level).
The RHC supports Medicaid expansion and endorses Healthcare for Missouri’s campaign to secure Medicaid expansion in Missouri, as part of our mission to increase access to health care, reduce health disparities, and improve health outcomes in the St. Louis region. Learn more about RHC’s stance on Medicaid expansion.
How Can You Help?
To learn more about the RHC’s Health Policy and Advocacy work, please contact Amanda Harris.