On May 7, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice of solicitation of comments on how to measure inflation for purposes of determining the federal poverty level. The agency currently uses the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) to calculate inflation. One option being considered is the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U). The C-CPI-U will result in a lower estimation of inflation than under current practice. Over time, this change would result in people losing eligibility for these critical programs. The Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is used to determine eligibility for several means-tested benefits, including Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Last week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on “Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities.” In a statement, The Arc’s Marty Ford said: “Today a legend in the disability community held what is likely his final Senate Committee hearing on disability issues, advocating for individuals with disabilities until the very end of his final term in Congress. Senator Harkin has been a longtime advocate for individuals with disabilities, supporting or spearheading all major disability legislation in the last 40 years. His final hearing focused on poverty, a huge problem facing many individuals with disabilities. This hearing, like so many before, highlighted one of the key issues facing people with disabilities, and challenged legislators to look for solutions. Senator Harkin is a hero to The Arc and our advocates across the country, and his legacy will live on. We thank him for his years of service, and friendship to our community.” Read more on The Arc’s blog.
On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hold a hearing on “Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities.” Visit the Committee website for more information, including testimony and live video the day of the hearing.