PLEASE submit comments here by tomorrow, Friday, June 21 on the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to change how the federal poverty line is adjusted every year. The proposal would change the inflation measure used to adjust the federal poverty line annually from CPI to “Chained-CPI,” a measure that shows a slower inflation rate. As a result, fewer Americans would fall below the poverty line in the future and programs that serve low- and moderate-income people would see major funding cuts. There are 12.8 million children, 4.7 million seniors and 3.8 million individuals ages 18 to 64 with a disability who live below the current poverty line and would be affected.
As a reminder, the poverty guidelines are used to determine eligibility for many government safety net programs, including Medicaid, Weatherization, Food Stamps, the Children ‘s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, the Community Service Block Grant, Head Start, and the School Breakfast Program, among others. Click here for a full list of programs affected.
Our thanks to Senators Leahy and Sanders for signing onto a letter opposing the proposed change, which includes ample material you can adapt for your comments.
Further information and talking points are include in our original email alert, a Center on Budget & Policy Priorities FAQ, and Bloomberg News article. Here is the original OMB rule change notice. Here is the VAHC’s comment letter.
Again, comments are due tomorrow, Friday, June 21 and can be submitted here.
Many thanks for your help!