Current Actions

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1. Give Public Input on HHSC Budget

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is taking public input on its 2023 Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR). The LAR is a budget request sent by state agencies to the Legislature to guide them in crafting the state budget. Items included in an agency's LAR have a much better chance of receiving funding in the state budget.

To give input, click the Take Action button below. You will be directed to the input request page (note you will have to accept terms). There, you'll find directions on how to format and file a recommendation on the HHSC LAR. Our suggestions for what to say in your recommendation are below.

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Suggested language:

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Tips for calling or emailing a legislator

  1. Be sure to say in your communication if you are a constituent of a particular committee member (look up your reps).
  2. Real life stories are great! If you have a personal story related to an issue, briefly tell it. Examples: “My daughter has been on the waiting list for ____ years.”  “My family member has a hard time getting an attendant to work on Medicaid wages.”
  3. If applicable, tell your legislator what IS working, not just what you want to change. Tell them what you appreciate and want to keep about a program or law.
  4. Network with other advocates to stay informed and motivated.
  5. If you have them, use attention-getting statistics.

What happens when you email or call a legislator?

When you write an email, you may not get an answer. If you call and talk to a legislative office, the staffer may take your name and why you call. As a result, you may feel your voice was not heard. This is not the case. Staff tracks communications like the number of emails, phone calls, and letters on an issue. This will be shared with the legislator and can often influence her or him. Every legislative session, there are bills passed that were unexpected—and in many cases that was the result of emails and phone calls. In 2021, as in-person office visits are expected to be dramatically decreased, calls and emails will be critical communication channels to your elected representatives!

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