Proposal to Change Poverty Calculations Could Cause 30,000 to Lose Public Benefits in California—California Health Report

A Trump administration proposal to change one of the measurements to determine the federal poverty level, a move that could force tens of thousands of state residents to lose their public benefits of the next decade, has California advocacy groups on high alert.

The proposal is to switch the calculations for the federal poverty level from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers to the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. The former calculates what a large array of goods cost over the passage of time. The latter is based on how consumer-spending habits change to buy less expensive goods.

Advocates say this would have a disproportionate impact on low-income Californians because they spend a large part of their income on staples such as food and diapers, and they have fewer resources to comparison shop than do more affluent consumers.

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