The federal poverty line (FPL) is widely understood by advocates and policymakers to be an important way in determining how low-income Californians access health and nutrition support such as Medi-Cal and CalFresh. And now, the Trump Administration is proposing to change that poverty line – without regard for how this move will affect federal poverty guidelines and people’s eligibility for vital public supports.
Senior Policy Analyst at the California Budget & Policy Center, Sara Kimberlin, explains, the federal poverty line is more than a measure. This under-the-radar proposal to change the line has serious consequences in the lives of low-income individuals and families. Read her piece to understand the proposed changes and how to submit comments in the next week to the federal government before the June 21 deadline.