New Poverty Guidelines Will Affect Medicare/Medicaid Eligibility

As if it wasn’t bad enough already for those relying on Medicare/Medicaid:

New federal poverty level (FPL) guidelines published January 23, 2008 will affect eligibility levels for many public benefits, including health benefits for older people and people with disabilities. 73 Fed. Reg. 3971, (January 23, 2008).

The best part is that “the new numbers are effective when published, but each program that relies on them may use a different effective date.” I don’t know what that means either.

According to Professor Kim Dayton of The Elder Law Prof Blog in this post:

The published poverty levels merely state a dollar figure for different sized family units. They do not address issues of what income is included, what deductions from income are allowed, who is included in a family unit or other use issues. These questions are addressed by the individual programs relying on the poverty guidelines. The amounts given below apply to the 48 contiguous states and Washington, DC. Rates for Alaska and Hawaii are slightly higher. A complete list of FPLs is available here.

Professor Dayton did the research already in her post – check it out here.

Thanks Professor.

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