HHS Updates Poverty Guidelines for Medicaid, CHIP Eligibility
Every year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updates its poverty guidelines for eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This week, HHS announced that for 2015, the poverty guideline for a family or household of four in the continental 48 states or the District of Columbia is $24,250. The poverty rates for Alaska, Hawaii and US Territories, can be seen here.
The 2015 guidelines reflect a 1.6 percent price increase in the Consumer Price Index between calendar years 2013 and 2014. Included with the poverty guidelines bulletin is the 2015 Dual Eligible Standards chart, which displays the new eligibility standards for the Medicare Savings Program categories. These eligibility standards went into effect on February 1, 2015.