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.

CHN’s Human Needs Hero Reception: ‘It is indeed dark days, but it is the work we signed up for’

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July 26, 2017

Almost within the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, supporters of the Coalition on Human Needs gathered Tuesday evening for the 14th annual Human Needs Hero Reception.  This year’s honorees were UnidosUS (formerly known as the National Council of La Raza) and the National Immigration Law Center, both pillars in the defense of our country’s immigrant Read More »

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

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‘We have witnessed firsthand…the lack of quality, affordable healthcare in this country’

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July 24, 2017

On the eve of a key procedural vote on health care, 7,150 Catholic Sisters from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. have sent a message to the Senate: Don’t pass any proposal that repeals the Affordable Care Act or cuts Medicaid. The 7,150 Sisters each signed a letter to all 100 Senators stating, “We, 7,150 Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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The GOP on health care: Maybe they should quit while they’re behind?

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July 18, 2017

Pop quiz: Question: What’s worse than the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017, which passed the House on a 217-213 vote? Answer: The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. Question: What’s worse than the BCRA? Answer: The second version of the BCRA, which included “the Cruz amendment.”  This amendment would have allowed Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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The People’s Filibuster to Stop #Trumpcare

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July 18, 2017

Chanting “Cruz care is fake insurance!”, “Stand up! Fight back!”, and “Shame!”, hundreds of opponents of the Senate health care legislation rallied near the U.S. Capitol Monday. The “People’s Filibuster to Stop #Trumpcare” was organized by MoveOn, Planned Parenthood, SEIU and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The crowd first heard from the “little Read More »

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

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Casey Foundation to Policymakers: Don’t Backtrack on Gains for U.S. Children

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June 30, 2017

Expanded access to health care and tools such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) have improved the well-being of our country’s children. That’s the conclusion of a new report issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book shows steady improvements in several areas of Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Early Childhood Education, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Health, Income Support, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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Meanwhile, 1012 miles away…

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June 23, 2017

While the health care debate was front and center in the U.S. Senate this week, the potentially far-reaching effects of health care legislation were the center of attention 1,012 miles away – in front of a federal building in Des Moines, Iowa. A number of Iowa groups, including Main Street Alliance of Iowa, Iowa Citizen Read More »

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‘This is our problem. This is our plague.’

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June 16, 2017

When it comes to describing her state’s opioid crisis, Dr. Cathleen London of Milbridge, Maine does not mince words. “It’s an epidemic because it’s now killing more people than HIV. And more people than the Vietnam War,” she says. “This is an epidemic on par with the plague.” Dr. London’s words are timely because if Read More »

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

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‘I’m ashamed that hunger is a problem in this country and I think it’s a travesty’

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June 8, 2017

Advocates for one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty initiatives spoke out this week against proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). President Trump has proposed a cut of $193 billion over ten years to SNAP, or just over 25 percent of SNAP’s funding. SNAP serves more than 42 million Americans, including roughly Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, SNAP

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The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance

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June 7, 2017

This week, members of Congress heard from more than 120,000 Americans who favor an alternative to the slash-cut-and-burn budget proposal put forth by President Trump and favored by some in Congress. That’s the number of people who signed a petition backing The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance. The petitions were presented Wednesday at Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income, Protests, Social Services

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CHN on CBO analysis: 23 million reasons why House health care bill must be defeated

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May 24, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the CBO’s analysis of the House health care legislation: “Twenty-three million fewer Americans would receive coverage if the American Health Care Act becomes law – yet another sign that this so-called health care reform bill Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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