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Is this true? A question about PA.

I heard they were redoing the poverty level for the first time since 1952. That the new poverty levels will take into account inflation and prescriptions. SO taht more people especially the elderly will be included. Is this true?
And if so when are they going to change the levels for PA?


Asked by Ibelongtojesus at 1:24 PM on Sep. 10, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (6)
  • There is a federal poverty level. Or rather, now termed "guidelines" Here's some info on poverty level, probably more than you want to know:

    The 2009 Poverty Guidelines for the
    48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia Persons in family Poverty guideline.

    1 $10,830
    2 14,570
    3 18,310
    4 22,050
    5 25,790
    6 29,530
    7 33,270
    8 37,010

    Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 2:20 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • nope

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • They have definitely redefined the poverty level more recently than 1952. Each state sets it's own guidelines for PA, most of them are some % of the poverty level. Most states do adjust their guidelines when the poverty level is adjusted.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 1:30 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • riotgrrl is correct. It is different for each state, and in some states, the counties set the poverty levels. As a resident in Illinois, what I gross each year (considered middle class here) would be considered well below poverty in someplace more affluent such as Los Angelos, where the mean gross income is higher than most other cities in the US.

    Answer by Fawn80 at 1:41 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • i agree with the above posters. we lived in a tiny town in NY where we were considered rich and my dh barely made 35k a year. my sister lived in phoenix and she was considered lower middle class and her husband made near to 80k a yr. depends on location.

    Answer by ArmyWifeMomof3 at 1:46 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • Those guidelines aren't the only factor either. You can be below those limits and still be turned down for assistance because you own your car outright or don't have tons of debt. Some of the horror stories I've heard around here (friends/family/etc) are ridiculous.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:16 PM on Sep. 10, 2009