``Low Income Levels'' Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Included in Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act, 18727-18728 [E9-9381]

Download as PDF 18727 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 78 / Friday, April 24, 2009 / Notices Number of respondents Instrument Responses per respondent Total responses Hours per response Total burden hours Surveys .............................................................................. Focus groups ..................................................................... 50,000 50 1 1 50,000 50 .1 1.5 5,000 75 Total ............................................................................ 50,050 .......................... 50,050 ........................ 5,075 Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of this notice to the desk officer for HRSA, either by email to OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202–395–6974. Please direct all correspondence to the ‘‘attention of the desk officer for HRSA.’’ Dated: April 17, 2009. Alexandra Huttinger, Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination. [FR Doc. 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Legislative Authority: Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 6 U.S.C. 279, and Section 235 of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, 8 U.S.C. 1232. Project Period: 5/1/2009–9/30/2009. SUMMARY: This funding will support the expansion of shelter/foster care program bed capacity to meet the additional number of unaccompanied alien VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:20 Apr 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 children (UAC) referrals from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other Federal agencies resulting from the recent passage of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. Many provisions in the TVPRA will dramatically affect the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) UAC program’s capacity to provide placement, custodial and residential shelter care services. ORR expects an additional 6,800 referrals annually from DHS. The program has very specific requirements for the provision of services. Existing grantees are the only entities with the infrastructure, licensing, experience and appropriate level of trained staff to meet the service requirements and the urgent need for expansion. The program’s ability to avoid a backlog of children waiting in border patrol stations for placement can only be accommodated through the expansion of existing programs through this supplemental award process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth Tota, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, (202) 401–4858. Dated: April 13, 2009. David H. Siegel, Acting Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement. [FR Doc. E9–9429 Filed 4–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P 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. SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 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. 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 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, while a few E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 18728 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 78 / Friday, April 24, 2009 / Notices 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 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, 2008. Income level ** Size of parents’ family * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. $21,660 29,140 36,620 44,100 51,580 59,060 66,540 74,020 * 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 2008. Dated: April 17, 2009. Marcia K. Brand, Deputy Administrator. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 78 (Friday, April 24, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18727-18728]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-9381]


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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 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 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, while 
a few

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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 
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, 2008.

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                                                                Income
                  Size of parents' family *                    level **
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1...........................................................     $21,660
2...........................................................      29,140
3...........................................................      36,620
4...........................................................      44,100
5...........................................................      51,580
6...........................................................      59,060
7...........................................................      66,540
8...........................................................      74,020
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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 2008.


    Dated: April 17, 2009.
Marcia K. Brand,
Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. E9-9381 Filed 4-23-09; 8:45 am]
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