''Low Income Levels'' Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Included in Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act, 28062 [E7-9548]

Download as PDF 28062 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 96 / Friday, May 18, 2007 / Notices This cadre of health care experts can serve as a ‘‘frontline’’ source of information to NHSC senior level management. NAC is committed to effectively implementing its mandate to advise the Secretary and, by designation, the Administrator, HRSA. The NAC: • Serves as a forum to identify the priorities for the NHSC and bring forward and anticipate future program issues and concerns through ongoing communication with program staff, professional organizations, communities and program participants; • Functions as a sounding board for proposed policy changes by utilizing the varying levels of expertise represented on the Council to advise on specific program areas; and • Develops and distributes White Papers and briefs that clearly state issues and/or concerns relating to the NHSC with specific recommendations for necessary policy revisions. 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SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is updating income levels used to identify a ‘‘low income family’’ for the purpose of determining eligibility for programs that provide health professions and nursing training for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. These various programs are included in Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act. The Department periodically publishes in the Federal Register lowincome levels used to determine eligibility for grants and cooperative agreements to institutions providing training for (1) disadvantaged individuals, (2) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, or (3) individuals from ‘‘low-income’’ families. Dated: May 11, 2007. Caroline Lewis, Associate Administrator for Management. [FR Doc. E7–9545 Filed 5–17–07; 8:45 am] The Secretary defines a ‘‘low income family’’ for programs included in Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act as a family having an annual income that does not exceed 200 percent of the Department’s poverty guidelines. A ‘‘family’’ is a group of two or more individuals related by birth, marriage, or adoption who live together or an individual who is not living with any relatives. Most HRSA programs use the income of the student’s parents to compute low income status. However, a few programs, depending upon the legislative intent of the program, programmatic purpose of the low income level, as well as the age and circumstances of the average participant, will use the student’s family income, as long as he or she is not listed as a dependent upon the parents’ tax BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Health Resources and Services Administration ’’Low Income Levels’’ Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Included in Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:06 May 17, 2007 Jkt 211001 The various health professions and nursing grant and cooperative agreement programs that use the low income levels to determine whether an individual is from an economically disadvantaged background in making eligibility and funding determinations generally make awards to: Accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health podiatric medicine, nursing, chiropractic, public or private nonprofit schools which offer graduate programs in behavioral health and mental health practice, and other public or private nonprofit health or education entities to assist the disadvantaged to enter and graduate from health professions and nursing schools. Some programs provide for the repayment of health professions or nursing education loans for disadvantaged students. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Low-Income Levels PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 form. Each program will announce the rationale and choice of methodology for determining low income levels in their program guidance. The Department’s poverty guidelines are based on poverty thresholds published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index. The Secretary annually adjusts the low income levels based on the Department’s poverty guidelines and makes them available to persons responsible for administering the applicable programs. The income figures below have been updated to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index through December 31, 2006. Size of parents’ family* 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Income level** ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ $20,420 27,380 34,340 41,300 48,260 55,220 62,180 69,140 * Includes only dependents listed on Federal income tax forms. Some programs will use the student’s family rather than his or her parents’ family. ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2006. Dated: May 10, 2007. Elizabeth M. Duke, Administrator. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 96 (Friday, May 18, 2007)]
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[FR Doc No: E7-9548]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


''Low Income Levels'' Used for Various Health Professions and 
Nursing Programs Included in Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public 
Health Service Act

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is 
updating income levels used to identify a ``low income family'' for the 
purpose of determining eligibility for programs that provide health 
professions and nursing training for individuals from disadvantaged 
backgrounds. These various programs are included in Titles III, VII and 
VIII of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act.
    The Department periodically publishes in the Federal Register low-
income levels used to determine eligibility for grants and cooperative 
agreements to institutions providing training for (1) disadvantaged 
individuals, (2) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, or (3) 
individuals from ``low-income'' families.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The various health professions and nursing 
grant and cooperative agreement programs that use the low income levels 
to determine whether an individual is from an economically 
disadvantaged background in making eligibility and funding 
determinations generally make awards to: Accredited schools of 
medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary 
medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health podiatric medicine, 
nursing, chiropractic, public or private nonprofit schools which offer 
graduate programs in behavioral health and mental health practice, and 
other public or private nonprofit health or education entities to 
assist the disadvantaged to enter and graduate from health professions 
and nursing schools. Some programs provide for the repayment of health 
professions or nursing education loans for disadvantaged students.

Low-Income Levels

    The Secretary defines a ``low income family'' for programs included 
in Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act as a 
family having an annual income that does not exceed 200 percent of the 
Department's poverty guidelines. A ``family'' is a group of two or more 
individuals related by birth, marriage, or adoption who live together 
or an individual who is not living with any relatives. Most HRSA 
programs use the income of the student's parents to compute low income 
status. However, a few programs, depending upon the legislative intent 
of the program, programmatic purpose of the low income level, as well 
as the age and circumstances of the average participant, will use the 
student's family income, as long as he or she is not listed as a 
dependent upon the parents' tax form. Each program will announce the 
rationale and choice of methodology for determining low income levels 
in their program guidance. The Department's poverty guidelines are 
based on poverty thresholds published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 
adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index.
    The Secretary annually adjusts the low income levels based on the 
Department's poverty guidelines and makes them available to persons 
responsible for administering the applicable programs. The income 
figures below have been updated to reflect increases in the Consumer 
Price Index through December 31, 2006.

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                                                              Income
               Size of parents' family\*\                    level\**\
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1.......................................................         $20,420
2.......................................................          27,380
3.......................................................          34,340
4.......................................................          41,300
5.......................................................          48,260
6.......................................................          55,220
7.......................................................          62,180
8.......................................................         69,140
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\*\ Includes only dependents listed on Federal income tax forms. Some
  programs will use the student's family rather than his or her parents'
  family.
\**\ Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2006.


    Dated: May 10, 2007.
Elizabeth M. Duke,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. E7-9548 Filed 5-17-07; 8:45 am]
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