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Trump May Redefine Poverty, Cutting Americans From Welfare Rolls

  • OMB says in regulatory filing it may recalculate poverty level
  • Switch to so-called chained CPI would slow growth of poverty
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Trump May Redefine Poverty
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The Trump administration may alter the way it determines the national poverty threshold, putting Americans living on the margins at risk of losing access to welfare programs.

The possible move would involve changing how inflation is calculated in the “official poverty measure,” the White House Office of Management and Budget said in a regulatory filing on Monday. The formula has been used for decades to determine whether people qualify for certain federal programs and benefits.