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[Federal Register: January 24, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 15)]
[Notices]               
[Page 3848-3849]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr24ja06-66]                         

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary

 
Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides an update of the HHS poverty guidelines 
to account for last calendar year's increase in prices as measured by 
the Consumer Price Index.

DATES: Effective Date: Date of publication, unless an office 
administering a program using the guidelines specifies a different 
effective date for that particular program.

ADDRESSES: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and 
Evaluation, Room 404E, Humphrey Building, Department of Health and 
Human Services (HHS), Washington, DC 20201.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about how the 
guidelines are used or how income is defined in a particular program, 
contact the Federal, state, or local office that is responsible for 
that program. Contact information for two frequently requested programs 
is given below:
    For information about the Hill-Burton Uncompensated Services 
Program (free or reduced-fee health care services at certain hospitals 
and other facilities for persons meeting eligibility criteria involving 
the poverty guidelines), contact the Office of the Director, Division 
of Facilities Compliance and Recovery, Health Resources and Services 
Administration, HHS, Room 10-105, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, 
Rockville, Maryland 20857. To speak to a person, call (301) 443-5656. 
To receive a Hill-Burton information package, call 1-800-638-0742 (for 
callers outside Maryland) or 1-800-492-0359 (for callers in Maryland). 
You may also visit http://www.hrsa.gov/osp/dfcr/. The Division of 

Facilities Compliance and Recovery notes that as set by 42 CFR 
124.505(b), the effective date of this update of the poverty guidelines 
for facilities obligated under the Hill-Burton Uncompensated Services 
Program is sixty days from the date of this publication.
    For information about the percentage multiple of the poverty 
guidelines to be used on immigration forms such as USCIS Form I-864, 
Affidavit of Support, contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
at 1-800-375-5283 or visit http://uscis.gov/graphics/howdoi/affsupp.htm
.

    For information about the number of people in poverty or about the 
Census Bureau poverty thresholds, visit the Poverty section of the 
Census Bureau's Web site at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty.html
 or contact the Housing and Household Economic Statistics 

Information Staff at (301) 763-3242.
    For general questions about the poverty guidelines themselves, 
contact Gordon Fisher, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning 
and Evaluation, Room 404E, Humphrey Building, Department of Health and 
Human Services, Washington, DC 20201--telephone: (202) 690-7507--or 
visit http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 
1981 (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)) requires the Secretary of the Department of 
Health and Human Services to update, at least annually, the poverty 
guidelines, which shall be used as an eligibility criterion for the 
Community Services Block Grant program. The poverty guidelines also are 
used as an eligibility criterion by a number of other Federal programs. 
The poverty guidelines issued here are a simplified version of the 
poverty thresholds that the Census Bureau uses to prepare its estimates 
of the number of individuals and families in poverty.
    As required by law, this update is accomplished by increasing the 
latest published Census Bureau poverty thresholds by the relevant 
percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers 
(CPI-U). The guidelines in this 2006 notice reflect the 3.4 percent 
price increase between calendar years 2004 and 2005. After this 
inflation adjustment, the guidelines are rounded and adjusted to 
standardize the differences between family sizes. The same calculation 
procedure was used this year as in previous years. (Note that these 
2006 guidelines are roughly equal to the poverty thresholds for 
calendar year 2005 which the Census Bureau expects to publish in final 
form in August 2006.)

2006 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of
                                Columbia
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                                                              Poverty
                 Persons in family unit                      guideline
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1.......................................................          $9,800
2.......................................................          13,200
3.......................................................          16,600
4.......................................................          20,000
5.......................................................          23,400
6.......................................................          26,800
7.......................................................          30,200
8.......................................................          33,600
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For family units with more than 8 persons, add $3,400 for each
  additional person.


                   2006 Poverty Guidelines for Alaska
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                                                              Poverty
                 Persons in family unit                      guideline
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1.......................................................         $12,250
2.......................................................          16,500
3.......................................................          20,750
4.......................................................          25,000
5.......................................................          29,250
6.......................................................          33,500
7.......................................................          37,750
8.......................................................          42,000
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For family units with more than 8 persons, add $4,250 for each
  additional person.


                   2006 Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii
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                                                              Poverty
                 Persons in family unit                      guideline
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1.......................................................         $11,270
2.......................................................          15,180
3.......................................................          19,090
4.......................................................          23,000
5.......................................................          26,910
6.......................................................          30,820
7.......................................................          34,730

[[Page 3849]]


8.......................................................          38,640
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For family units with more than 8 persons, add $3,910 for each
  additional person.

    Separate poverty guideline figures for Alaska and Hawaii reflect 
Office of Economic Opportunity administrative practice beginning in the 
1966-1970 period. (Note that the Census Bureau poverty thresholds--the 
version of the poverty measure used for statistical purposes--have 
never had separate figures for Alaska and Hawaii). The poverty 
guidelines are not defined for Puerto Rico or other outlying 
jurisdictions. In cases in which a Federal program using the poverty 
guidelines serves any of those jurisdictions, the Federal office that 
administers the program is responsible for deciding whether to use the 
contiguous-states-and-DC guidelines for those jurisdictions or to 
follow some other procedure.
    Due to confusing legislative language dating back to 1972, the 
poverty guidelines have sometimes been mistakenly referred to as the 
``OMB'' (Office of Management and Budget) poverty guidelines or poverty 
line. In fact, OMB has never issued the guidelines; the guidelines are 
issued each year by the Department of Health and Human Services. The 
poverty guidelines may be formally referenced as ``the poverty 
guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 
U.S.C. 9902(2).''
    Some programs use a percentage multiple of the guidelines (for 
example, 125 percent or 185 percent of the guidelines), as noted in 
relevant authorizing legislation or program regulations. Non-Federal 
organizations that use the poverty guidelines under their own authority 
in non-Federally-funded activities can choose to use a percentage 
multiple of the guidelines such as 125 percent or 185 percent.
    The poverty guidelines do not make a distinction between farm and 
non-farm families or between aged and non-aged units. (Only the Census 
Bureau poverty thresholds have separate figures for aged and non-aged 
one-person and two-person units).
    Note that this notice does not provide definitions of such terms as 
``income'' or ``family.'' This is because there is considerable 
variation in how different programs that use the guidelines define 
these terms, traceable to the different laws and regulations that 
govern the various programs. Therefore, questions about how a 
particular program applies the poverty guidelines (e.g., Is income 
before or after taxes? Should a particular type of income be counted? 
Should a particular person be counted in the family or household unit?) 
should be directed to the organization that administers the program.

    Dated: January 18, 2006.
Michael O. Leavitt,
Secretary of Health and Human Services.
[FR Doc. 06-624 Filed 1-20-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4151-05-P




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