The Trump Administration has proposed changes that will lower the federal poverty line. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is requesting comments, before June 21st. Submit comments with OMB.
The poverty line is adjusted each year for inflation. The poverty line is extremely important for some of the clients who social workers serve because it is used to determine eligibility for a variety of programs they need to survive, including food assistance, health care and home heating aid. Millions of moderate-income Americans also qualify for health insurance premium subsidies if their incomes are between 100 percent to 400 percent of the poverty line.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) submitted comments to OMB: NASW OMB Poverty Measurement Comments