Low-Income Levels Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Authorized in Titles III, VII, and VIII of the Public Health Service Act, 28862-28863 [2017-13312]

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[FR Doc. 2017–13203 Filed 6–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P 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 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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. HHS periodically publishes in the Federal Register low-income levels to be used by institutions receiving federal grants and cooperative agreements to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 121 / Monday, June 26, 2017 / Notices 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 these low-income levels to determine whether potential program participants are from an economicallydisadvantaged background and would be eligible to participate in the program, as well as to determine the amount of funding the individual receives. Awards are generally made 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. A ‘‘low-income family/household’’ for programs included in Titles III, VII, and VIII of the Public Health Service Act is defined 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. Most HRSA programs use the income of a student’s parent(s) to compute lowincome 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 lowincome levels in program guidance. Low-income levels are adjusted annually based on HHS’s poverty guidelines. HHS’s poverty guidelines are based on poverty thresholds published by the U.S. Census Bureau, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index. The income figures below have been updated to reflect HHS’s 2017 poverty guidelines as published in 82 FR 8831 (January 31, 2017). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Jun 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 LOW-INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2017 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 28863 Dated: June 16, 2017. George Sigounas, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2017–13312 Filed 6–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Income level ** ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ $24,120 32,480 40,840 49,200 57,560 65,920 74,280 82,640 For families with more than 8 persons, add $8,360 for each additional person. LOW-INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2017 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR ALASKA Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Income level ** ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ $30,120 40,580 51,040 61,500 71,960 82,420 92,880 103,340 For families with more than 8 persons, add $10,460 for each additional person. LOW-INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2017 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR HAWAII Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Income level ** ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ $27,720 37,340 46,960 56,580 66,200 75,820 85,440 95,060 For families with more than 8 persons, add $9,620 for each additional person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms. ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2016. Separate poverty guidelines figures for Alaska and Hawaii reflect Office of Economic Opportunity administrative practice beginning in the 1966–1970 period since the U.S. Census Bureau poverty thresholds do not have separate figures for Alaska and Hawaii. The poverty guidelines are not defined for Puerto Rico and other outlying jurisdictions. Puerto Rico and other outlying jurisdictions must use the lowincome levels table for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice informs the public of the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) as of May 1, 2017. The lists are available on HRSA’s HPSAFind Web site. ADDRESSES: The complete lists of HPSAs designated as of May 1, 2017, are available on the HPSAFind Web site at https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/ analyzers/hpsafind.aspx. Frequently updated information on HPSAs is available at http:// datawarehouse.hrsa.gov. Information on shortage designations is available at https://bhw.hrsa.gov/shortagedesignation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on the HPSA designations listed on the HPSAFind Web site or to request an additional designation, withdrawal, or reapplication for designation, please contact Melissa Ryan, Operations Director, Division of Policy and Shortage Designation, Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA, 11SWH03, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857, (301) 594–5168 or MRyan@ hrsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Section 332 of the Public Health Services (PHS) Act, 42 U.S.C. 254e, provides that the Secretary shall designate HPSAs based on criteria established by regulation. HPSAs are defined in section 332 to include (1) urban and rural geographic areas with shortages of health professionals, (2) population groups with such shortages, and (3) facilities with such shortages. Section 332 further requires that the E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 121 (Monday, June 26, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28862-28863]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-13312]


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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 (HRSA), Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: 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.
    HHS periodically publishes in the Federal Register low-income 
levels to be used by institutions receiving federal grants and 
cooperative agreements to

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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 these 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. Awards are generally made 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.
    A ``low-income family/household'' for programs included in Titles 
III, VII, and VIII of the Public Health Service Act is defined 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.
    Most HRSA programs use the income of a student's parent(s) 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.
    Low-income levels are adjusted annually based on HHS's poverty 
guidelines. HHS's poverty guidelines are based on poverty thresholds 
published by the U.S. Census Bureau, adjusted annually for changes in 
the Consumer Price Index. The income figures below have been updated to 
reflect HHS's 2017 poverty guidelines as published in 82 FR 8831 
(January 31, 2017).

    Low-Income Levels Based on the 2017 Poverty Guidelines for the 48
             Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Income level
              Persons in family/household *                     **
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.......................................................         $24,120
2.......................................................          32,480
3.......................................................          40,840
4.......................................................          49,200
5.......................................................          57,560
6.......................................................          65,920
7.......................................................          74,280
8.......................................................          82,640
------------------------------------------------------------------------
For families with more than 8 persons, add $8,360 for each additional
  person.


    Low-Income Levels Based on the 2017 Poverty Guidelines for Alaska
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Income level
              Persons in family/household *                     **
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.......................................................         $30,120
2.......................................................          40,580
3.......................................................          51,040
4.......................................................          61,500
5.......................................................          71,960
6.......................................................          82,420
7.......................................................          92,880
8.......................................................         103,340
------------------------------------------------------------------------
For families with more than 8 persons, add $10,460 for each additional
  person.


    Low-Income Levels Based on the 2017 Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Income level
              Persons in family/household *                     **
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.......................................................         $27,720
2.......................................................          37,340
3.......................................................          46,960
4.......................................................          56,580
5.......................................................          66,200
6.......................................................          75,820
7.......................................................          85,440
8.......................................................          95,060
------------------------------------------------------------------------
For families with more than 8 persons, add $9,620 for each additional
  person.
* Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2016.

    Separate poverty guidelines figures for Alaska and Hawaii reflect 
Office of Economic Opportunity administrative practice beginning in the 
1966-1970 period since the U.S. Census Bureau poverty thresholds do not 
have separate figures for Alaska and Hawaii. The poverty guidelines are 
not defined for Puerto Rico and other outlying jurisdictions. Puerto 
Rico and other outlying jurisdictions must use the low-income levels 
table for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.

    Dated: June 16, 2017.
George Sigounas,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2017-13312 Filed 6-23-17; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4165-15-P