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COVID-19 Updates

Wait… what’s happening? We are living in an unprecedented moment, trying to adjust to a situation that continues to evolve. Life in our community has completely changed in a matter of days—so much so that it’s been hard to keep track of everything that has happened. We’re here to help.…

Recognizing Juneteenth is A Start

This week Congress overwhelmingly approved a measure that President Biden signed into law to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday—a long overdue recognition of a critical moment in our nation’s history.  On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, the last group of enslaved people in the U.S. learned they were free two years after the Emancipation…

Action Alert: Supreme Court Upholds ACA Once Again

Today the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the third time. This decision is wonderful news for Charlotte Center of Legal Advocacy and the people it serves as the ACA has helped make health care accessible to millions of uninsured Americans since 2010.  More than 31 million Americans rely on the…

NCBA Honors Robinson Bradshaw, Access to Justice Pro Bono Partner, with State-wide Award

Three huge projects. One unprecedented year. Despite the challenges and legal boom of 2020, Robinson Bradshaw took charge in their pro bono initiatives. For their unyielding commitment to pro bono service demonstrated by their undertaking of several complex and impactful projects during 2020, the North Carolina Bar Association granted Robinson…

What Is Included in Every Healthcare.gov Plan?

All Healthcare.gov plans are required to cover preventive health services 100%. Additionally, these plans are required to include 10 types of health services—called Essential Health Benefits. Keep reading to learn more about these services below. If you need health insurance coverage through Healthcare.gov, a Special Open Enrollment Period is now…

Action Alert: Support the 2040 Plan Today for a Better Charlotte Tomorrow

Revised draft of Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan charts a sure path toward a more just, equitable community. The statement below is from the local group Neighbors for More Neighbors CLT, of which Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is a founding member. Learn more about our coalition and join our…

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Launches Medicaid Storytelling

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is partnering with the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) for a Medicaid storytelling project to learn how Medicaid has impacted North Carolinians. We encourage anyone to share their experience with Medicaid, whether it is good or bad, and how having or not having Medicaid has made a…

The 2021 Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Pro Bono Award: Elizabeth Murphy

If you looked at Elizabeth Murphy’s resume, you would learn she is a partner at Alston & Bird where she serves as Chair of the Commercial Real Estate Lending and Servicing Team. What you would not see is that she has represented fourteen immigrant children escaping brutal violence in Central America, volunteering over two hundred hours in the last five years, to ensure they are safe with their…

Mental Health and the ACA

Healthcare.gov plans are required to help pay for mental health services like counseling and psychotherapy. Healthcare.gov plans can’t put yearly or lifetime dollar limits on coverage of mental health services. Additionally, some mental health services are completely free. For example, alcohol abuse screening and counseling, as well as depression screening,…

Basic Health Insurance Terms

There are a lot of special terms in the health insurance world, and they can be difficult to understand. We’re here to help you make sense of terms you see on Healthcare.gov. If you need health insurance coverage, a Special Open Enrollment Period is open through Aug. 15, 2021. Learn…

Action Alert: Don’t We All Deserve A More Just, Equitable Community?

Charlotte’s future is in our hands. We have an incredible opportunity to put Charlotte on the path toward equitable, long-term social and economic development.  The Charlotte City Council is considering adoption of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, a guiding document that will inform how our city grows over the next 20 years.  Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy applauds the critical importance the plan places on dismantling the intentional…