2012 HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines Released

SUMMARY: This notice provides an update of the Department of Health and Human Services (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, 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. For information about poverty figures for immigration forms, the Hill-Burton Uncompensated Services Program, and the number of people in poverty, use the specific telephone numbers and addresses given below.
For general questions about the poverty guidelines themselves, contact Kendall Swenson or 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/.
 
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.
 
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 Health Facilities, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, Room 10?105, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857. To speak to a staff member,please 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 also may visit http://www.hrsa.gov/gethealthcare/affordable/hillburton/.
 
For information about the number of people in poverty, visit the Poverty section of the Census Bureau?s web site at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty.html or contact the Census Bureau?s Customer Service Center at 1?(800) 923?8282 (toll-free) or visit http://ask.census.gov for further information.

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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 the poverty guidelines at least annually, adjusting them on the basis of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI?U). The poverty guidelines are used as an eligibility criterion by the Community Services Block Grant program and 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.

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