About Lecia Imbery

Senior Policy Writer
Coalition on Human Needs

Lecia Imbery is CHN’s 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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


Head Smacker: States suing to end DACA would lose billions


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


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


Comment now to stop thousands from being kicked off Medicaid


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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The Human Needs Report: House Labor-H bill, migrant family amendments, a SCOTUS nominee, threats to the ACA, and more


July 23, 2018

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on the House Labor-H bill and other FY19 spending, migrant family separations, proposed SNAP cuts, reactions to the Supreme Court nominee, threats to the ACA, and more. Click here for a PDF version.       House Spending Panel Passes Labor-HHS-Education Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Deportation, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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Why We Do the Work We Do Together


July 16, 2018

The CHN office is always a flurry of activity. With a small staff and so much to do to protect and expand basic needs programs that help our low-income neighbors, there’s no time to sit still. This week is even busier as we take care of final preparations for our Human Needs Hero reception on Thursday, July 19th, where Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, gun violence, Immigration, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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