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October 29, 2020 | Volume 24, No. 10 | Archives

Election Day is November 3 and early voting is open in all states. We encourage you to vote as soon as you can. has voting information by state and numbers to call if you have issues on Election Day.
Voting and candidate education resources:
Pictured: Regina Reed (left- NHCHC Staff) wearing an “I Voted” sticker and Charlotte Garner (right- NHCHC National Consumer Advisory Board Member) wearing a shirt that says “Ask Me How to Register to Vote.”
News to Know
Congress approves ACB and leaves town without a COVID-19 deal: On Monday, October 26, the Senate confirmed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett (ACB) with a historically partisan vote delivering President Trump’s third SCOTUS justice and shifting the balance of the Court (more about ACB and health care issues). It has been five months since the House passed their $3 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill (see HEROES Act and our analysis) with no substantial action from the Senate. While it is now certain a stimulus bill will not pass before the lame duck session, party leaders continue to hint at the possibility of a bipartisan deal, with the content of the bill and the likelihood of the bill coming to pass unknown.
TAKE ACTION: It remains important that we tell Congress to immediately pass a COVID-19 stimulus that includes homelessness supports such as $100 billion in rental assistance. Find tools on NLIHC’s portal to contact your member of Congress; sign your organization on a letter; share stories; and post on social media.
Upcoming Supreme Court decision decides fate of the ACA: On November 10, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on California v. Texas. This is part of an ongoing case against the legality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the final decision could go as far as to invalidate the entire law, including Medicaid Expansion. A decision on the case isn’t expected until as late as June 2021.  Learn more about the case, about the significance of Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment, and listen to audio of oral arguments.
Executive Order bans trainings on race and sex stereotyping: On September 22, the Trump administration released an Executive Order that mandates the end of federally funded racial and gender equity-focused trainings by government contractors, technical assistance providers, and grantees (read the ACLU’s analysis). We await guidance from Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership on how health centers and other government grantees in the HCH community should respond. The Council will continue to share developments and is steadfast in our commitment to using our private funds to combat racism and sexism.
New eviction moratorium guidance benefits landlords: Last month, the CDC released an order halting most evictions due to nonpayment of rent through December 31, 2020. However, renters need to complete a signed declaration to be protected (see our notice). On October 9, the Trump administration issued new guidance empowering landlords to challenge tenant declarations (learn more).
TAKE ACTION: Help clients complete the signed declaration to provide to their landlords (available in Arabic | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | English | Spanish | Tagalog |Vietnamese). *NEW* Fill out this form and our partners at National Low Income Housing Coalition will mail you copies of the CDC eviction moratorium declarations to fill out.
Good News to Know
Azar extends public health emergency through January: On October 2, Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), renewed the public health emergency now effective through January 20, 2021. This allows for emergency authorities to continue measures such as 1135 Waivers that allow changes to Medicaid and Medicare programs like flexibilities in telehealth.
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of a single-payer system: The Canadian Supreme Court decision denied an attempt to privatize the health system, with testimony from different countries (including the U.S.) that showed how private plans serve to increase wait times. Learn more from Health Care- NOW and visit our single-payer page to learn more about Medicare for All in the U.S. and see our latest resources.
A federal judge stopped an order that would end food stamps for thousands: Nineteen states sued to stop a rule that would end SNAP/food stamp benefits for people who aren’t working. The court ruling prevents up to 700,000 people from losing benefits (read the Council’s comments against the proposal).
Outstanding Local Advocacy
Rodney Dawkins, COVID-19 survivor and board member of the National Consumer Advisory Board, is pictured here advocating with ONE Northside (Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality) for the Emergency Health Care Guarantee Act in Chicago, IL. Thank you for your advocacy, Rodney!
Let the Council know what you’re doing locally to be featured in the next Mobilizer. Contact Regina at with your advocacy pictures, articles, and/or anecdotes.
New Podcast on Housing & Disasters
Regina interviews Joey Lindstrom, Field Director at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, about disaster response and housing needs. Joey talks about what an equitable disaster housing response looks like, federal bills that will create an equitable disaster response, and how to act on them. He also addresses the intersection of this issue with the upcoming election and eviction crisis (which will be addressed in-depth on a future episode!). Listen on SoundcloudApple, or Stitcher.
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Regina Reed, MPH
National Health Policy Organizer
National HCH Council
Baltimore, MD
(443) 703-1337 
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