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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…

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…

Justice Would Bring Them Home

Friends, For the past month, many have followed the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin who killed George Floyd last May. We thank the prosecution and courageous witnesses who took the stand and recounted this traumatic event in the pursuit of justice and accountability for Floyd’s family. Yesterday, the jury unanimously convicted Chauvin on all…

Healthcare.gov Premium Tax Credits and Filing Your 2020 Taxes

FYI, this blog post is most appropriate for those who accessed health insurance coverage through Healthcare.gov in 2020. If you started your Healthcare.gov coverage in 2021, this information does not apply. If you currently do not have health insurance, we can help! Click here to learn more and make an…

American Rescue Plan FAQs: Stimulus Payments and Tax Updates

Since the American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021, the IRS has been working to implement provisions of the law and provide guidance to make sure taxpayers can receive Economic Impact Payments (EIP or stimulus checks) and take advantage of new tax credits during this current tax season.  Below are frequently asked…