Methodist Healthcare Ministries believes all Texans, regardless of their economic status, deserve access to quality, affordable health care. Legislative advocacy is one important way we use data and evaluation to empower Texans of all backgrounds to obtain optimal health. As a faith-based organization, Methodist Healthcare Ministries' public policy agenda and advocacy efforts are guided by the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries' public policy and advocacy efforts at the state level encompass the following objectives:
- Increase access to primary care and mental health services in both the public and private sectors.
- Increase state efforts at addressing the prevention of chronic illnesses—particularly obesity and diabetes—through health care education initiatives.
- Promote state policies that increase the healthcare workforce for the least served.
- Promote policies that strengthen the social, educational, and economic opportunities that improve health outcomes for families.
Our 2017 legislative agenda and priorities challenge Texas policymakers to make Texas the best state for health care for all residents. Methodist Healthcare Ministries envisions a state where everyone is healthy – mind, body and spirit.
During the 85th legislative period, Methodist Healthcare Ministries tracked roughly 1,400 bills, supported over 500 bills, and worked to assist the passage of 224 laws that affect access to health care for Texas families. Keep up to date on how those laws are being effectively implemented and funded as intended through our legislative updates. Click to view all legislative updates.