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About Lecia Imbery

Senior Policy Writer
Coalition on Human Needs

Lecia Imbery joined CHN in May 2014 and is a regular contributor to the Human Needs ReportCHN’s newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. She  has over 14 years of experience in advocacy, civic engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit field. Prior to joining CHN, Imbery managed federal and state grassroots advocacy campaigns at the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of University Women. Before coming to DC in 2006, she worked for nonprofits and engineering firms in San Francisco and Chicago.

Strong foundations: the economic futures of kids and communities

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April 14, 2017

“Our young people are the future, and we all want them to have the support they need for successful and fulfilling lives. As a central banker, I recognize the benefits to the broader economy when more people are better prepared for work and for managing their finances. In short, ensuring that all of our kids have Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Income Support, Poverty and Income

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Human Needs Report: Advocates defeat ACA repeal bill, FY17 & FY18 spending work, Supreme Court confirmation and more

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April 3, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on what’s next for ACA repeal efforts, FY17 & FY18 budget and appropriations work, a Supreme Court confirmation vote and more. Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report. Advocates’ Efforts Defeat ACA Repeal Bill Advocates celebrated Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Criminal justice reform, Executive orders, Health, Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Head Smacker: Trump wrongly claims corporate taxes are too high

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March 28, 2017

President Trump’s address to Congress last month gave us in the human needs community much to smack our heads about. As CHN’s Debbie Weinstein noted in this piece about Trump’s false promises, he promised better health care while working to repeal the ACA; thanks in part to your advocacy, that effort to kill the ACA Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Tax Policy

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Webinar on Trump’s plan to cut human needs programs

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March 20, 2017

UPDATE: While this webinar already took place, you can watch a recording and view the webinar slides here. Join CHN’s webinar to find out more. Tuesday, March 21, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT President Trump’s partial budget heavily cuts domestic programs to pay for a $54 billion Pentagon spending increase. Learn about the expected impact on Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations

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Human Needs Report: ACA Repeal bill, FY17 & 18 spending work, revised travel ban and more

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March 13, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, FY17 & FY18 budget and appropriations work, the revised travel ban, President Trump’s cabinet, worker protections under threat and the Supreme Court nominee. Click here for the full Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Executive orders, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Head Smacker: GOP health care plan would make the poor sicker so they can make the rich wealthier

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March 8, 2017

“This bill sends a loud and clear message: tax cuts for special interests and the wealthy matter more than your health care.” This is how Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) described House Republicans’ legislation, unveiled on March 6, to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle Medicaid. There’s so much head-smacking material in their versions of Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Fact of the Week: Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at 17-Year Low

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February 28, 2017

The number of children receiving child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) fell to a 17-year low, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). The CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for helping low-income families pay for child care, with half of the families who Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Early Childhood Education, Poverty and Income

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Human Needs Report: Spending work, the ACA, Trump’s cabinet and more

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February 21, 2017

Congress is currently in its first recess of the year. CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what members tackled before the break, and what’s waiting for them when they return on Feb. 27. Read on for articles on FY17 & FY18 budget and appropriations work, House Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Executive orders, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Unemployment Insurance

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Resources from around the Coalition: Presidents’ Day recess edition

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February 15, 2017

The first recess period for the new Congress begins this Saturday, Feb. 18, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 26. Several of CHN’s members and friends have put together resources for advocates to use during this recess when members of Congress will be home in their states and districts. Use these tools to reach out to Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Executive orders, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income

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Head Smacker: Pentagon buried study showing $125 billion in waste, but Congress and the Trump Administration want to give it more money

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February 10, 2017

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon buried an internal study that found $125 billion in administrative waste because it was afraid Congress would use the findings to cut the defense budget. Despite this, the Trump Administration and some members of Congress are preparing to give even more money to the Pentagon for the current Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Military Spending

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