News & Updates

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.…

NC Medicaid Managed Care – FAQs

North Carolina Medicaid Managed Care- What is it and how does it affect my Medicaid coverage? North Carolina has undergone a change in how Medicaid benefits are set-up. This change, called the Medicaid Transformation, has caused many Medicaid-eligible individuals to be switched from the traditional Medicaid Direct, managed by the…

Food and Nutrition Services Change: October 2021

Almost all Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) households, known as SNAP nationwide, will see a modest increase in their FNS benefits starting October 1, 2021—generally between $12 to $16 per person per month. The exact amount for individual households may be different.  These changes will be made automatically by North Carolina Department of Social Services; you do not need…

Eviction Assistance and Resources

The eviction moratorium has ended, but there are still legal and financial resources available. We brought together Juan Hernandez, Staff Attorney, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Erin Barbee, Senior Vice President Programs & Fund Development, DreamKey Partners, to answer common questions and share helpful information for community members facing…

Unemployment Insurance: FAQs

Where can I apply for benefits? Apply online at des.nc.gov or by phone 1-888-737-0259. The quickest way to apply is online. Why can’t I get through to the NC Division of Employment Security (“DES”) by phone? DES has a high volume of callers requiring assistance due to COVID-19. Document any…

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…

How to Make the Most Of Your Healthcare.gov Plan

You took the step to enroll for health insurance coverage using Healthcare.gov. Congratulations! You’ve joined more than 31 million people who have the peace of mind of knowing they are covered with access to preventive health care and life-saving screenings. Take advantage of free services. Preventive health services are included in…

Action Alert: Protections for Motel Renters Threatened as Bill Advances in NC Senate

The fight to protect our community’s most vulnerable renters continues.  Thanks to your advocacy, a measure to take away tenants’ rights from motel renters was taken out of a regulatory reform bill in the N.C. General Assembly. But it has become a standalone bill moving forward in the N.C. Senate as HB 352 Hotel Safety Issues.…

Beware of COVID-19 Foreclosure Rescue and Forbearance Assistance Scams

By Niayai Lavien Many homeowners are facing increased financial hardships due to unemployment and COVID-19.  Scammers are taking advantage of the current economic fallout of the pandemic and employing elaborate scams to trick homeowners out of their properties. Older adults and the economically disadvantaged are more likely to be targets…

All About Appeals

Need to enroll in a health insurance policy or update the one you have? Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace (Healthcare.gov) is Nov. 1, 2021, to Jan. 15, 2022. GET COVERED As a consumer on the Health Insurance Marketplace (Healthcare.gov), you have the right to appeal decisions that are…

Charlotte Center For Legal Advocacy Hosts U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra

Charlotte, NC – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams visited Charlotte Center For Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of North Carolina. They conducted a roundtable discussion on local and national health care with representatives of NC Navigator Consortium and other leading figures in the Charlotte…