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On this page we will post links to the latest information about advocacy opportunities that we are not necessarily engaged with, or leading, but thought you may find of importance.  Utilize our advocacy resources to link with other resources and ideas.

Tax Reform

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North Carolina made some significant changes to both tax reform and legislation that will impact nonprofits in the “long session” that ended in late July, 2013.

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Here is a synopsis of those changes provided by the NC Center for Nonprofits.

Nonprofit Accountability

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Nonprofits provide important services to the people in our community.  Here you will find some of the benefits nonprofits provide, and here you’ll see some of the challenges nonprofits have faced in the last several years.

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Here you will find a list of bills in 2013 passed by the NC General Assembly.

Medicaid Expansion

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As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to expand Medicaid to those without health insurance. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, at its August 2013 board meeting, approved the following motion: “United Way urges the state of North Carolina to implement Medicaid Expansion for low-income individuals under the Affordable Care Act.”

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The Cone Health Foundation has a report on the impact of not expanding Medicaid in North Carolina. Additionally, here is a presentation that outlines the economic impact of not expanding Medicaid, here is an infographic on this topic, and here are some myths and responses about expansion.

Medicaid Expansion was a part of the Affordable Care Act when it was originally passed in 2010, but the US Supreme Court decision in 2012 that found this act constitutional also gave states the option to opt out of expansion. North Carolina made that choice in February, 2013, leaving up to 500,000 people in our state with little opportunity to get health insurance coverage.

In December, 2014, the Cone Health Foundation from Greensboro released a study it had commissioned on the economic impact of not expanding Medicaid in North Carolina. Recently, Susan Shumaker, the president of the Foundation, offered a presentation highlighting how not only the state but each county in North Carolina is impacted economically by not expanding Medicaid. The presentation includes statistics on the impact in several counties in the west, including Buncombe County.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization and 21st Century Community Learning Center funding

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This past December, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the “Every Student Succeeds Act”, an update to “No Child Left Behind”.

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Early Child Development

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How we approach the "First 2,000 Days" of a child's life can make a difference for the child and community. As stated on this Web site, early investments in early child development reap a lifetime of results.

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United Way Worldwide is involved in public policy on a national and worldwide level.

Here is a link to the United Way Worldwide Public Policy Agenda for the 114th Congress (2015-2016 session).