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
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 insurance. Expansion 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.
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.
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
- Legislative Spotlight: Senate Bill 64 – Legalizing Syringe Exchange ProgramsThe St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) strongly supports Senate Bill 64, which would allow any entity registered with the state to run syringe exchange programs.
- Legislative Spotlight: House Bill 367 – Expanding Physical Therapists’ Scope of PracticeHow would HB 367 expand physical therapists’ scope of practice?
- Legislative Spotlight: Medicaid Expansion ImplementationOver the past month, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) has been celebrating some good news about public coverage options.
- Legislative Spotlight: “Preemption Bills”What are “Preemption Bills”? There is a lot of information swirling around about “preemption bills”. To start, what are they? Preemption bills are pieces of legislation that could limit the ability of local agencies to make public health rulings.
To learn more about the RHC’s Health Policy and Advocacy work, please contact Amanda Harris.