About David Elliot

Communications Director
Coalition on Human Needs

David Elliot joined CHN as Communications Director in 2016 and has 20 years of experience engaging in communications advocacy in the nonprofit world. He served as communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (2001-2008); for USAction (2008-2013); and most recently for Fair Share, a part of The Public Interest Network. Prior to his career in nonprofit advocacy, David worked as a newspaper reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Austin American-Statesman. He covered state politics and the Texas Legislature. He was recognized for outstanding coverage by the Associated Press Managing Editors Convention for his article A Day in the Death of Inmate No. 918, an eyewitness account of an execution in Texas. He also was honored by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches. When he isn’t working, David enjoys reading historical fiction, travelling to warm and sunny locales, and following his beloved Texas Longhorns and Washington Nationals.

Gil Lykens’ Story: Exhibit A in the Case for Preserving Medicaid

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March 14, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves 74 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement or if Medicaid Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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‘We are all one diagnosis away from financial and personal disaster’

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March 6, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves 74 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement or if Medicaid Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform

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This is the world of Ryancare

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February 24, 2017

Earlier this month, House Republicans unveiled what they described as a plan for “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Care Act. The plan, however is not really a plan. It comes with no price tag, no explanation of how many million Americans would lose their current coverage, of how much more Americans would have to pay Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform

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A father’s message to Congress: ‘I cannot protect my son’s health, but you can’

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February 23, 2017

Editor’s note: Congress is considering repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and is debating major structural changes, and perhaps significant cuts, to Medicaid, which serves almost 70 million Americans. Voices for Human Needs is reaching out and telling the stories of those who could be harmed if the ACA is repealed without a suitable replacement Read More »

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Trump’s 2-1 executive order: It’s (not) as easy as 1, 2, 3….

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February 14, 2017

Joan Claybrook, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during the Carter administration, had an immediate reaction when informed of President Trump’s executive order requiring that federal agencies scrap two existing regulations for every new one adopted. She burst out laughing. “That’s a completely illogical way of doing things,” she told the Los Angeles Read More »

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The protests are working

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February 7, 2017

There’s a developing narrative across the country: The protests are working. On many issues of concern to the human needs community, ranging from health care to immigration to efforts to fighting discrimination, a hostile executive branch finds itself backtracking and on the defensive. Perhaps the first journalist to take note of this narrative on a Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Medicaid, Protests

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Mean-spirited and a waste of tax dollars: Trump administration pulls plug on ACA advertising

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January 27, 2017

Late Thursday, the startling news began breaking: In the final, critical week of the 2017 enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration ordered that outreach and advertising efforts touting the enrollment deadline be halted. The news, first reported in Politico, will tamp down final 2017 enrollment numbers, experts say. That’s because the Read More »

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Mr. Foreclosure goes to Washington

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January 20, 2017

When Colleen Ison-Hodroff’s husband bought a reverse mortgage on their fully-paid home through Financial Freedom, a subsidiary of OneWest, the broker assured the couple that Colleen could keep living there even if her husband passed away. Yet, just days after her husband’s funeral, Colleen received a notice that she had to immediately pay off the Read More »

Categories: Economy, Home foreclosures, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income

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Secretary of Labor Violations?

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January 12, 2017

“My experience at Carl’s Jr. left me feeling hopeless. I tried to communicate the problems experienced with my supervisors, and yet the problem continued and nothing was done about it. If Andrew Puzder allowed these things to happen at a company like Carl’s Jr, how would he protect workers across the country?” – Abel Gonzalez, Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage

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‘People recognize that we are in the fight of our lives’

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December 22, 2016

Editor’s note: Politico Pro recently interviewed CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein about what CHN expects and fears with the new Congress and incoming Administration. This is their published article. Remember that whether you are an individual or whether you represent a local, state or national organization, you can signify your support for CHN’s SAVE for Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Unemployment Insurance

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