2015 Poverty Guidelines Released

The poverty guidelines for 2015 are available and published here in the Federal Register. These guidelines -- often cited as 100 percent of the federal poverty line -- are used to determine eligibility for a number of stata and federal programs. Sometimes eligibility is greater than 100 percent; for instance, the Affordable Care Act allows states to expand Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of federal poverty. 

There was little change in the guidelines from 2014. The poverty line for a single person in the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia increased only by $100, from $11,670 to $11,770. In Hawaii and Alaska, the increase was $130 and $140 respectively. 

 

 

2015 Poverty Guidelines, Annual Income (Source: Federal Register, Vol. 80, N0. 14, Jan. 22, 2015)
Family Size  48 states & DC Hawaii Alaska
One  $11,770 $13,550 $14,720
Two $15,930 $18,330 $19,920
Three  $20,090 $23,110 $25,120
Four $24,250 $27,890 $30,320
Five $28,410 $32,670 $35,520
Six $32,570 $37,450 $40,720
Seven $36,730 $42,230 $45,920
Eight $40,890 $47,010 $51,120
each additional $4,160 $4,780 $5,200