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It’s hard to apply for asylum. This clinic makes it easier for many seeking protection | Charlotte Observer

By DJ Simmons Read more at: Charlotte legal advocates host asylum application clinic | Charlotte Observer When Erika Salamanca journeyed to the United States, she brought her daughter on her hip with hope for more opportunities for her child. Desperate to escape gang violence, Salamanca fled El Salvador to the…

Skadden Fellow Joins our Veterans Legal Services Unit

Nevah Jones joined the Advocacy Center as a Skadden Fellow in our Veterans Legal Services Unit in September.  In addition to serving as an attorney for low-income veterans in need of service-related payments and benefits from VA, Nevah will expand our existing medical-legal partnership to include legal training for clinicians…

Settlement Reached in NC Medicaid Terminations Case

A settlement was reached on October 14, 2022, subject to court approval, in Franklin v. Kinsley, formerly known as Hawkins v. Cohen.  The federal class action lawsuit was filed in 2017 by Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and the National Health Law Program on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North…

Courts jostle over DACA, casting a cloudy future for Charlotte ‘Dreamers’| Charlotte Observer

By DJ Simmons Read more at: DACA rulings leave the program and Charlotte Dreamers’ in limbo | Charlotte Observer With federal courts jostling over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, its future hangs in limbo — affecting thousands of recipients in Charlotte and across North Carolina. Recent activity pulled…

Hospitals said they lost money on Medicare patients. Some made millions, a state report has found | Kaiser Health News

By Fred Clasen-Kelly Read more at: Kaiser Health News Using 2019 data from the IRS, researchers found that out of 275 hospital systems across the country, 227 spent less on community investments or charity care than they got in tax breaks. The deficit totaled more than $18 billion, the report…

Mecklenburg’s food stamp delays catch eye of legal advocates as immigrants still wait | The Charlotte Observer

By DJ Simmons Read more at: Legal advocates hone in on Mecklenburg’s food stamp delay | Charlotte Observer Most Mecklenburg County households receiving food stamp benefits can expect an increase this month, but an ongoing delay with applications has spread to Charlotte’s immigrant community — and catching the attention of…

Protecting Dreamers: Response to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Remand of DACA Litigation

On October 5, 2022, a federal appeals court found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA, in violation of U.S. immigration law.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that the program was illegal and remanded the case back to the lower court. …

Launch delayed for Medicaid tailored plans – NC Health News | NC Health News

BY Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven Read more: https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2022/09/30/rollout-of-special-medicaid-plans-for-complicated-patients-will-be-delayed-until-april/ Back in August, Lucy Plyler was mailed a 19-page letter from the state health department.  The letter said that the way Victoria, her 24-year-old daughter with multiple disabilities, received Medicaid was about to change. Instead of being in NC Medicaid Direct, Victoria would be…

Food and Nutrition Services Change: October 2022

UPDATED: FEBRUARY 2023 Almost all Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) households, known as SNAP nationwide, will see an increase in their FNS benefits on October 1, 2022. These changes will be made automatically; households did not need to take any action. For more information, visit:  SNAP Benefit Changes. Que puede esperar: Cambios en los beneficios de las…