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About Lecia Imbery

Deputy Director
Coalition on Human Needs

Lecia Imbery is CHN’s Deputy Director and former Senior Policy Writer. In addition to writing for CHN’s blog, Voices for Human Needs, she is the author of the Human Needs ReportCHN’s newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. She has over 17 years of experience in advocacy, civic engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and program management in the nonprofit field. Prior to joining CHN, Lecia 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.

Standing united with the human needs community

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October 23, 2018

Periodically, CHN embarks on an ambitious endeavor – to get thousands of organizations across the human needs community and across the country to join together to advocate for a stronger America that actively ensures the well-being of all of our people. We call it our SAVE for All Campaign, which stands for Strengthening America’s Values Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Labor and Employment, Military Spending, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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New study shows expanding Medicaid improves access to care for low-income adults

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October 19, 2018

We know that states that expanded their Medicaid program have far fewer uninsured working-age adults. Now, thanks to a new study from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), we know that such health insurance coverage is leading to better access to care. Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September showed that in 2017 Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Medicaid

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Fact of the Week: Nearly 8,500 Arkansans have been kicked off Medicaid since Sept. 1 due to harsh time limits

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October 17, 2018

More than 4,100 Arkansans lost Medicaid coverage on Oct. 1, adding to the more than 4,350 adults in the state who were kicked off the Medicaid roles on Sept. 1. These nearly 8,500 adults lost their coverage due to the state’s harsh new work reporting requirements, which require beneficiaries to report at least 80 hours Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Labor and Employment, Medicaid

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The Human Needs Report: FY19 begins, anti-immigrant rule proposed, reactions to a SCOTUS confirmation, and more

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October 8, 2018

Editor’s update: The proposed Public Charge rule, discussed in an article below, was officially published on October 10. In a statement, CHN called the rule, “the latest in a series of unconscionable attacks on immigrants and immigrant communities.” Organization are urging advocates to submit comments in opposition to the rule during the 60-day comment period, which runs Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Immigration, Opioids, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy

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A citizenship question will hurt us all

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October 1, 2018

On September 30, The New York Times published an opinion piece written by William Frey, a demographer, professor, and fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the Trump Administration’s efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. CHN has opposed these efforts from the beginning. We worked with other organizations to spread the word, Read More »

Categories: Census, Immigration

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Fact of the Week: Drop in uninsured rates for low-income rural residents is three times larger in Medicaid expansion states

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September 26, 2018

The uninsured rate for low-income adults has decreased in the last several years across America, thanks in large part to the Affordable Care Act. But small towns and rural areas of states that have expanded Medicaid have seen the sharpest decline in uninsured rates. That’s one of the findings of a new report from the Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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Opposing Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

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August 30, 2018

“[Judge Kavanaugh’s] opinions threaten people across the economic spectrum, but their consequences will fall especially heavily on the poor and near poor, communities of color, immigrants, and people with disabilities.” CHN doesn’t usually work on judicial appointments. But we’ve looked at Judge Kavanaugh’s record and have concluded his positions pose a very serious threat to Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income

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Head Smacker: States suing to end DACA would lose billions

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August 28, 2018

As reported by our friends at the Center for American Progress (CAP), 10 states suing to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program stand to lose billions of dollars if they “win” their lawsuit. These states are arguing that they will lose money if DACA continues because of speculative costs of education, health Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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Protecting immigrant children from abuse

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August 17, 2018

On Aug. 16, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing on what federal agencies are doing – or rather, aren’t doing enough of – to protect unaccompanied migrant children from abuse and human trafficking once they enter the U.S. Witnesses from the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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Comment now to stop thousands from being kicked off Medicaid

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August 14, 2018

If the Trump Administration and some state officials have their way, hundreds of thousands of low-income people could be kicked off Medicaid and left without any health insurance coverage. That’s because several states are pushing to add harsh work requirements to Medicaid assistance. We’ve written in the past and compiled a lot of resources showing Read More »

Categories: Health, Labor and Employment, Medicaid

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