The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued it’s annual update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines, reflecting the 1.8 percent inflation increase between calendar years 2018 and 2019. It is important to remember that these guidelines are different from the poverty threshold, which is used to determine poverty statistics by the US Census Bureau. Instead, the guidelines serve as the criteria for eligibility to participate in or receive assistance from federal programs.
The 2020 Guidelines are roughly equal to the poverty thresholds for calendar year 2019 which the Census Bureau expects to publish in final form in September 2020.
2020 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
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