By shrinking the poverty line over time, the Trump Administration is proposing to reduce the number of people who qualify for health care, nutrition, and other aid. This change would affect people who need Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, school meals, LIHEAP, and many other programs.
The Trump White House is seeking comments by June 21st on changing the way the federal poverty line is adjusted annually for inflation. This proposal would tie the rate of inflation that’s used to adjust the poverty measure each year to one that’s lower than the one that is currently used. While the change would not be very noticeable in the short-term, over time this change could reduce or eliminate assistance for millions.
Comment today: CHN has created two comment portals, one for organizations and one for individuals:
1. To comment on behalf of an organization: Use our comment portal here, with links to detailed issue-by-issue sample comments;
2. To comment as an individual, use the comment guide for the general public CHN has created here.
For more information see CHN’s Shrinking the Poverty Line campaign page.