Thursday, May 9, 2019

Trump Administration Considering Changes That Would Redefine The Poverty Line

By Pam Fessler | NPR
Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Trump administration is considering changing the way the government measures poverty, which has anti-poverty groups worried that many low-income individuals will be pushed off assistance programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and Head Start.
The possible change would involve adjusting the poverty line annually using a different inflation measure, one that would result in a slower increase over time.
Arloc Sherman of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says this change would mean that millions of people eventually could see their benefits either reduced or eliminated because they would no longer be considered poor.
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The administration is accepting comments on the poverty calculation until June 21
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