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.



December 7, 2018

There’s a lot going on right now, and a lot at stake. Here’s a short guide to a number of important deadlines that are rapidly approaching. Monday, Dec. 10 is the deadline for submitting comments regarding the Trump Administration’s dangerous public charge proposal. The Trump Administration’s change to the public charge rule would create a Read More »

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

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Help us spread the word: Dec. 15 is the deadline for Open Enrollment in Marketplace Coverage


December 3, 2018

Help us spread the word: Dec. 15 is the deadline for Open Enrollment in Marketplace Coverage. Dec. 15 is the deadline for signing up for comprehensive health plans that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The Trump Administration, never a fan of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has cut the time available to enroll, Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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10 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving


November 21, 2018

In these times, it sometimes feels like there are many more things to be unthankful for than thankful. The fires out west that have taken the lives of so many. The shootings…again…and again…and again. The undercurrents of racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism that accompanied our recent elections and are encouraged, or at least tolerated, by some Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Deportation, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, gun violence, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance

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Before you go…


November 20, 2018

We know you’re about to break for Thanksgiving. We know you deserve the break. To quote the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun, “It feels like years since it’s been here.” But there’s something we’d like you to do before you go. The Trump Administration has proposed a cruel and unfair “Public Charge” rule that would Read More »

Categories: Deportation, Immigration, Poverty and Income

Generation Indigenous


November 16, 2018

November is Native American Heritage Month, and on Friday, the Center for American Youth at the Aspen Institute released a report that examined youth issues from a number of perspectives – health care, education, suicide, criminal justice reform and environmental concerns. The theme of the third annual State of Native Youth Report is Generation Indigenous Read More »

Categories: Criminal justice reform, Health, Job Training and Education, Poverty and Income


Expected in 2019: Five more Medicaid expansion states. And more could follow.


November 13, 2018

More than 800,000 residents in five states could soon be covered by Medicaid expansion, due in part to last week’s election results and in part to decisions that were made prior to the elections. And more could follow. Let’s do the Medicaid expansion math. As it stands today, 31 states plus D.C. have implemented Medicaid Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Medicaid

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In a tough election season, human needs advocates mark progress


November 8, 2018

“When people were selling the politics of fear and division and destruction, we were talking about hope. We were talking about the politics of joy.” — U.S. Rep-Elect Ilhan Omar. Despite a backdrop of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism, human needs advocates achieved progress on a number of issue fronts in this week’s elections. From health care Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Criminal justice reform, Education and Youth Policy, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Minimum Wage

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Can’t wait to vote?


November 5, 2018

November 6th is around the corner and these women are pumped to Get Out The Vote! Are you ready to join them at the polls? Join MomsRising’s #VotingSquad and spread the word. Then, on Voting Day, be sure to cast your vote for your friends, family, community and country! What’s the reason you #CantWait2Vote? Tell us Read More »

Immigrant children are under attack. Here’s how to fight back


October 30, 2018

It’s getting harder by the day to keep up with all of the Trump Administration’s unconscionable attacks on immigrants, immigrant children, and immigrant families. There’s one attack going on right now and we have one week to do something about it. Back in September, the Trump Administration announced a proposed rule that would terminate a court settlement Read More »

Categories: Immigration


One year ago, the world changed forever.


October 29, 2018

This past Sunday, hundreds of groups, including the Coalition on Human Needs, signed a letter that appeared as a full-page ad in The New York Times marking the one-year anniversary of #MeToo. The letter begins: “For the first time in history, the ground shook with the mass disclosures of millions of individuals who revealed the Read More »