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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.

Resources from around the Coalition: DACA, CHIP and disaster relief

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January 19, 2018

Today’s the day – Congress will either come to an agreement on another short-term stopgap spending measure (known as a Continuing Resolution, or CR), or we’ll face a government shutdown. The House voted for a one-month bill on Thursday night; Senate action is still uncertain. Along with keeping the proverbial lights on, CHN has called Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health, Immigration

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Trump’s Medicaid Work Requirements: Meet Real Life

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January 12, 2018

“There’s a stereotype that disability recipients don’t want to work. The reality is very different.” On Jan. 10, the Washington Post published a piece highlighting five Americans who receive federal disability benefits; the quote above is from that piece. Many of the people highlighted in the story talk about how they would like to work, Read More »

Categories: Health, Labor and Employment, Medicaid

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Human Needs Report: What Congress Did – and Didn’t Do – at the End of 2017, and What’s on Tap for Early 2018

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January 11, 2018

A lot happened on Capitol Hill right before the holiday break, while many other issues were kicked down the road and remain on the Congressional agenda for early 2018. Where do things stand? CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a brief rundown on Congress’s spending work, the tax cut Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Majorly Misplaced Priorities

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December 14, 2017

Tens of thousands of Virginia families are just receiving what could be devastating news in their mailboxes. That’s because earlier this week, Virginia sent letters to families of more than 68,000 children informing them that their children may lose their health insurance at the end of January unless Congress acts to extend funding for the Read More »

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

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Human Needs Report: Tax cut bill, avoiding a shutdown, disaster aid, and more

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December 11, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on Congress’s tax cut bill, avoiding a shutdown, disaster aid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Dreamers, and more. Click here for a PDF version of the Human Needs Report. Negotiations on Final Tax Bill Hit Some Snags House and Senate leaders were expected Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Tax Policy

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What comes after the GOP tax cuts?

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December 6, 2017

President Trump and some in Congress have rushed to say that once they enact their tax plan, they will move to cut vital programs like Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, and aid for people with disabilities. As CHN’s Executive Director Deborah Weinstein said in a recent statement following the tax bills passed by the Senate and House, Read More »

Categories: Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Tax Policy

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“The Biggest Tax Scam in History”

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November 28, 2017

“The bill Republican leaders are trying to ram through this week without hearings, without time for even a basic analysis of its likely economic impact, is the biggest tax scam in history. It’s such a scam that it’s not even clear who’s being scammed – middle-class taxpayers, people who care about budget deficits, or both. Read More »

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10 Things We’re Even More Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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November 20, 2017

Thankfulness isn’t the first sentiment that comes to mind these days. Giant tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the poor. Children’s health insurance in jeopardy. Millions of Americans still suffering in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other disaster sites. Dreamers at risk of losing their future and their dreams. Let’s face Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Food and Nutrition, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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Human Needs Report: Tax cut bills, disaster aid, anti-immigrant policies, and more

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November 13, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on the House and Senate tax cut bills, year-end spending deals, disaster aid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, policies hurting immigrant communities, and more. Click here for a PDF version of the Human Needs Report. House Tax Cut Bill Heads Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health Care Reform, Hurricane Harvey, Immigration, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Millionaire explains how House tax cut bill would cut his taxes in half

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November 8, 2017

The House tax cut bill will slash taxes on the wealthy at the expense of human needs programs. Just ask millionaire Eric Schoenberg. Check out this great video below in which Eric, a member of Patriotic Millionaires, explains to Fox Business host Stuart Varney how the House tax cut bill will cut his taxes – and the taxes Read More »

Categories: Tax Policy

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