Federal Comment Periods

Proposed Changes to Official Poverty Measure

On May 7th, the Trump Administration released a request for comment in the Federal Register that seeks to change the way the federal government calculates the Official Poverty Measure (OPM). Specifically, the Administration is seeking to adjust how the Consumer Price Index and inflation are incorporated into the measure. This change, while subtle, has the potential to redefine poverty and make millions of people ineligible for programs like CSBG, WAP, LIHEAP, SNAP, Medicaid, and more. This potential change has been reported on extensively in the press and has been covered by various policy organizations. View the resources below to learn more about the proposed change:

The public comment period is open through June 21st at 11:59 pm ET.

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