``Low Income Levels'' Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Authorized in Titles III, VII, and VIII of the Public Health Service Act, 12108-12109 [2016-05084]

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The Department periodically publishes in the Federal Register lowincome levels to be used by institutions receiving grants and cooperative agreements in order to determine eligibility for programs providing training for (1) disadvantaged individuals, (2) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, or (3) individuals from low-income families. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Many health professions and nursing grant and cooperative agreement awardees use the low-income levels to determine whether potential program participants are from an economically disadvantaged background and would be eligible to participate in the program, as well as to determine the amount of funding the individual receives. Federal agencies generally make awards to: Accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, podiatric asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:02 Mar 07, 2016 Jkt 238001 Frm 00044 Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden hours 42 588 0.07 41.16 14 42 588 0.07 41.16 medicine, nursing, and 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. The Secretary defines a ‘‘low-income family/household’’ 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. On June 26, 2013, in U.S. v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), the Supreme Court held that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited federal recognition of same-sex spouses and same-sex marriages, was unconstitutional. In light of this decision, please note that in determining eligibility for these programs, same-sex marriages and samesex spouses will be recognized on equal terms with opposite-sex marriages and opposite-sex spouses, regardless of where the couple resides. This approach is consistent with a post-Windsor policy of treating same-sex marriages on the same terms as opposite sex marriages to the greatest extent reasonably possible. Thus, a ‘‘family or household’’ includes same-sex spouses that are legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage regardless of whether the same-sex spouses live in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage as well as the family members that result from such same-sex marriage. Most HRSA programs use the income of a student’s parents to compute low income status. However, a ‘‘household’’ may potentially be only one person. Other HRSA programs, depending upon the legislative intent of the program, the programmatic purpose related to income level, as well as the age and PO 00000 Total responses 14 Total .............................................................................. Jackie Painter, Director, Division of the Executive Secretariat. Number of responses per respondent Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 circumstances of the participant, will apply these low income standards to the individual student to determine eligibility, as long as he or she is not listed as a dependent on the tax form of his or her parent(s). Each program announces the rationale and choice of methodology for determining low income levels in program guidance. 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 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 income figures below have been updated to reflect the Department’s 2016 poverty guidelines as published in 81 FR 15 (January 25, 2016). LOW INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2016 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. Income level ** $23,760 32,040 40,320 48,600 56,880 65,160 73,460 81,780 For families with more than 8 persons, add $8,320 for each additional person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms. ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2015. LOW INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2016 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR ALASKA Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. E:\FR\FM\08MRN1.SGM 08MRN1 Income level ** $29,680 40,040 50,400 60,760 71,120 81,480 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 45 / Tuesday, March 8, 2016 / Notices The meeting will be closed to the LOW INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2016 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections ALASKA—Continued Income level ** Persons in family/household * 7 .............................................. 8 .............................................. 91,840 102,240 For families with more than 8 persons, add $10,400 for each additional person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms. ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2015. LOW INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2016 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR HAWAII Income level ** Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. $27,340 36,860 46,380 55,900 65,420 74,940 84,460 94,020 For families with more than 8 persons, add $9,560 for each additional person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms. ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2015. Separate poverty guidelines figures for Alaska and Hawaii reflect Office of Economic Opportunity administrative practice beginning in the 1966–1970 period. (Note that the Census Bureau poverty thresholds—the version of the poverty measure used for statistical purposes—have never had separate figures for Alaska and Hawaii.) The poverty guidelines are not defined for Puerto Rico or other outlying jurisdictions. Puerto Rico or other outlying jurisdictions shall use income guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia. Dated: March 1, 2016. James Macrae, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2016–05084 Filed 3–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:02 Mar 07, 2016 Jkt 238001 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable materials, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel, Behavioral Interventions to Prevent HIV in Diverse Adolescent Men Who Have Sex with Men (U01). Date: April 4, 2016. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: National Institutes of Health, Two Democracy Plaza, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call) Contact Person: Deborah Ismond, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Division of Scientific Programs, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 800, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 402–1366, ismonddr@ mail.nih.gov. Dated: March 2, 2016. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–05023 Filed 3–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; Notice of Closed Meeting Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable materials, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12109 Special Emphasis Panel, NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention (U54). Date: April 5–April 6, 2016. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Hilton Washington/Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Contact Person: Maryline Laude-Sharp, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 800, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 451–9536, mlaudesharp@ mail.nih.gov. Dated: March 2, 2016. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–05024 Filed 3–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; Notice of Closed Meetings Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings. The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Special Emphasis Panel, NIAMS AMSC Clinical Trials Conflict Review Meeting. Date: March 25, 2016. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: NIAMS Conference Room 803, 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Teleconference). Contact Person: Helen Lin, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH, 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 800, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301–594–4952, linh1@ mail.nih.gov. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12108-12109]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-05084]


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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 Authorized 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 to individuals from disadvantaged 
backgrounds. These various programs are authorized in Titles III, VII, 
and VIII of the Public Health Service Act.
    The Department periodically publishes in the Federal Register low-
income levels to be used by institutions receiving grants and 
cooperative agreements in order to determine eligibility for programs 
providing training for (1) disadvantaged individuals, (2) individuals 
from disadvantaged backgrounds, or (3) individuals from low-income 
families.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Many health professions and nursing grant 
and cooperative agreement awardees use the low-income levels to 
determine whether potential program participants are from an 
economically disadvantaged background and would be eligible to 
participate in the program, as well as to determine the amount of 
funding the individual receives. Federal agencies generally make awards 
to: Accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public 
health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied 
health, podiatric medicine, nursing, and 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.
    The Secretary defines a ``low-income family/household'' 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. On June 26, 2013, in U.S. v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), 
the Supreme Court held that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 
which prohibited federal recognition of same-sex spouses and same-sex 
marriages, was unconstitutional. In light of this decision, please note 
that in determining eligibility for these programs, same-sex marriages 
and same-sex spouses will be recognized on equal terms with opposite-
sex marriages and opposite-sex spouses, regardless of where the couple 
resides. This approach is consistent with a post-Windsor policy of 
treating same-sex marriages on the same terms as opposite sex marriages 
to the greatest extent reasonably possible. Thus, a ``family or 
household'' includes same-sex spouses that are legally married in a 
jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage regardless of whether 
the same-sex spouses live in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex 
marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage as 
well as the family members that result from such same-sex marriage.
    Most HRSA programs use the income of a student's parents to compute 
low income status. However, a ``household'' may potentially be only one 
person. Other HRSA programs, depending upon the legislative intent of 
the program, the programmatic purpose related to income level, as well 
as the age and circumstances of the participant, will apply these low 
income standards to the individual student to determine eligibility, as 
long as he or she is not listed as a dependent on the tax form of his 
or her parent(s). Each program announces the rationale and choice of 
methodology for determining low income levels in program guidance.
    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 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 income figures below have been updated to 
reflect the Department's 2016 poverty guidelines as published in 81 FR 
15 (January 25, 2016).

    Low Income Levels Based On The 2016 Poverty Guidelines For The 48
             Contiguous States And The District Of Columbia
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      Persons in family/household *               Income level **
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1........................................  $23,760
2........................................  32,040
3........................................  40,320
4........................................  48,600
5........................................  56,880
6........................................  65,160
7........................................  73,460
8........................................  81,780
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For families with more than 8 persons, add $8,320 for each additional
  person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
  ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2015.


    Low Income Levels Based On The 2016 Poverty Guidelines For Alaska
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      Persons in family/household *               Income level **
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1........................................  $29,680
2........................................  40,040
3........................................  50,400
4........................................  60,760
5........................................  71,120
6........................................  81,480

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7........................................  91,840
8........................................  102,240
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For families with more than 8 persons, add $10,400 for each additional
  person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
  ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2015.


    Low Income Levels Based On The 2016 Poverty Guidelines For Hawaii
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      Persons in family/household *               Income level **
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1........................................  $27,340
2........................................  36,860
3........................................  46,380
4........................................  55,900
5........................................  65,420
6........................................  74,940
7........................................  84,460
8........................................  94,020
------------------------------------------------------------------------
For families with more than 8 persons, add $9,560 for each additional
  person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
  ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2015.

    Separate poverty guidelines figures for Alaska and Hawaii reflect 
Office of Economic Opportunity administrative practice beginning in the 
1966-1970 period. (Note that the Census Bureau poverty thresholds--the 
version of the poverty measure used for statistical purposes--have 
never had separate figures for Alaska and Hawaii.) The poverty 
guidelines are not defined for Puerto Rico or other outlying 
jurisdictions. Puerto Rico or other outlying jurisdictions shall use 
income guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of 
Columbia.

    Dated: March 1, 2016.
James Macrae,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2016-05084 Filed 3-7-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4165-15-P