``Low Income Levels'' Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Authorized in Titles III, VII, and VIII of the Public Health Service Act, 12698-12699 [2021-04446]

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[FR Doc. 2021–04449 Filed 3–3–21; 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: HHS periodically publishes in the Federal Register low-income levels to be used by institutions receiving grants and cooperative agreements to determine eligibility for programs providing training for (1) disadvantaged individuals, (2) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, or (3) individuals from low-income families. 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. Awards are generally made to accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:27 Mar 03, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 educational entities to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter and graduate from health professions and nursing schools. Some programs provide for the repayment of health professions or nursing education loans for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 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 funding opportunities or applications. 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 the Department’s 2021 poverty guidelines as published in 86 FR 19 (February 1, 2021). LOW INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2021 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA—Continued Persons in family/household * Income level ** 8 ............................................ 89,320 For families with more than 8 persons, add $9,080 for each additional person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms. ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2020. LOW INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2021 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR ALASKA Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ Income level ** $32,180 43,540 54,900 66,260 77,620 88,980 100,340 111,700 For families with more than 8 persons, add $11,360 for each additional person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms. ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2020. LOW INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2021 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR HAWAII Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ Income level ** $29,640 40,080 50,520 60,960 71,400 81,840 92,280 102,720 For families with more than 8 persons, add $10,440 for each additional person. * Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms. ** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2020. LOW INCOME LEVELS BASED ON THE 2021 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE Separate poverty guidelines figures 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES AND THE for Alaska and Hawaii reflect Office of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Economic Opportunity administrative Persons in family/household * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Income level ** ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ ............................................ PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $25,760 34,840 43,920 53,000 62,080 71,160 80,240 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 or other outlying jurisdictions. Puerto Rico and other outlying jurisdictions shall use income E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 41 / Thursday, March 4, 2021 / Notices guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia. Diana Espinosa, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2021–04446 Filed 3–3–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice of a modified system of records. AGENCY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is modifying a department-wide system of records titled HHS Correspondence, Customer Service, and Contact List Records, system no. 09–90–1901, to make certain updates and to more clearly include records about individuals who provide comments and supporting documents to HHS in response to HHS rulemakings and other docketed proceedings. The modifications include changing the name of the system of records to HHS Correspondence, Comment, Customer Service, and Contact List Records. DATES: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4) and (11), this notice is applicable March 4, 2021, subject to a 30-day period in which to comment on the new and revised routine uses, described below. Please submit any comments by April 5, 2021. ADDRESSES: The public should submit written comments on this notice, by mail or email, to Beth Kramer, HHS Privacy Act Officer, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Suite 729H, Washington, DC 20201, or beth.kramer@hhs.gov. Comments will be available for public viewing at the same location. To review comments in person, please contact Beth Kramer at beth.kramer@hhs.gov or 202–690–6941. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General questions may be submitted to Beth Kramer, HHS Privacy Act Officer, at 200 Independence Ave. SW, Suite 729H, Washington, DC 20201, or beth.kramer@hhs.gov, or 202–690–6941. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Background on System of Records Notice (SORN) 09–90–1901 This department-wide system of records covers records about individuals within or outside HHS which are used in managing HHS correspondence, VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:27 Mar 03, 2021 Jkt 253001 public comments in docketed proceedings, and customer service functions, including help desk and call center activities, dissemination of publications, studies, opinions, unrestricted datasets, and other information, and mailing and contact lists. SORN 09–90–1901 applies to such records if they are retrieved by personal identifier and are not covered by a more specific SORN. Examples of the records covered in SORN 09–90–1901 include: • Telephone and email directories containing office contact records about HHS employees, contractor personnel, and other personnel working at HHS, which are retrieved by the individuals’ names and used to locate them, route mail to them, and communicate with them regarding work matters. • Official correspondence records about individuals who contact, or are contacted by, the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of HHS or another HHS official, or are the subject of the correspondence, which are retrieved by the correspondent’s or subject’s name and used to control, track, and ensure timely and appropriate attention to and documentation of the correspondence. Particular subsets of these records include, for example: Æ Records about individuals who submit comments and supporting documents in response to HHS rulemakings and other docketed proceedings and public notices, which are retrieved by commenter name; Æ Correspondence notifying members of Congress of grants and other contracts that HHS has awarded to individual recipients in their districts, which are retrieved by awardee name; and Æ Records of requests about individual constituents received from members of Congress, which are retrieved by constituent name and used to track and respond to the requests. • Mailing and contact list records used to track and respond to requests from, or otherwise interact with, individual members of the public, when the records are retrieved by personal identifier. Examples include: Æ Email lists and other contact lists about individuals who ask to receive health information from HHS in print form, or to be notified of new and upcoming publications or web postings, or to subscribe to an online newsletter issued by HHS. Æ Customer engagement workflow platform records containing account records (i.e., contact information) and case records (e.g., request processing records) about frequent customers of particular HHS offices, such as sole proprietor members of the media who PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12699 are frequent customers of HHS public affairs offices. • Contact records about individuals who volunteer to serve as resource persons to provide pro bono technical assistance to community organizations and government agencies working on particular health-related matters or campaigns Examples of more specific SORNs, which will continue to apply to particular types of correspondence records, contact list records, and customer service records, include: • Debt collection correspondence: SORN 09–40–0012, Debt Management and Collection System. • Correspondence about complaints filed with the HHS Office of Civil Rights: SORN 09–90–0052, Program Information Management System (PIMS). • Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Correspondence: SORN 09– 90–0058, Tracking Records and Case Files for FOIA and Privacy Act Requests and Appeals. • Medicare Customer Service records: SORN 09–70–0535, 1–800 Medicare (HELPLINE). • List(s) of individuals ordering provider educational materials or registering for computer/Web-based training courses, satellite broadcasts and train-the-trainer sessions: SORN 09–70– 0542, Medicare Learning Network (MLN). • List of consultants available for use in evaluation of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute special grants and contracts: SORN 09–25–0078, Administration: Consultant File. II. Modifications to SORN 09–90–1901 HHS is modifying the SORN to update it and to ensure that it clearly and adequately covers records about individuals who submit comments and supporting documents to HHS in response to HHS rulemakings and other docketed proceedings. HHS is also expressly including customer engagement platform records. The modifications include: • Including the word ‘‘Comment’’ in the name of the system of records. • Referring to ‘‘comments’’ or ‘‘commenters’’ in the Categories of Individuals, Categories of Records, Purpose(s), and Retrieval sections, and referring to ‘‘customer engagement’’ records in the System Manager(s) and Categories of Records sections. • Including the General Services Administration (GSA) in the System Location section as the shared services provider that operates systems HHS uses to manage certain docket records. E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 41 (Thursday, March 4, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12698-12699]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-04446]


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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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: HHS periodically publishes in the Federal 
Register low-income levels to be used by institutions receiving grants 
and cooperative agreements to determine eligibility for programs 
providing training for (1) disadvantaged individuals, (2) individuals 
from disadvantaged backgrounds, or (3) individuals from low-income 
families.
    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. 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 educational entities to assist individuals from 
disadvantaged backgrounds to enter and graduate from health professions 
and nursing schools. Some programs provide for the repayment of health 
professions or nursing education loans for students from disadvantaged 
backgrounds.
    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 
funding opportunities or applications.
    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 the Department's 2021 poverty guidelines as published in 86 FR 
19 (February 1, 2021).

    Low Income Levels Based on the 2021 Poverty Guidelines for the 48
             Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Income level
              Persons in family/household *                     **
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.......................................................         $25,760
2.......................................................          34,840
3.......................................................          43,920
4.......................................................          53,000
5.......................................................          62,080
6.......................................................          71,160
7.......................................................          80,240
8.......................................................          89,320
------------------------------------------------------------------------
For families with more than 8 persons, add $9,080 for each additional
  person.
* Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2020.


    Low Income Levels Based on the 2021 Poverty Guidelines for Alaska
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Income level
              Persons in family/household *                     **
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.......................................................         $32,180
2.......................................................          43,540
3.......................................................          54,900
4.......................................................          66,260
5.......................................................          77,620
6.......................................................          88,980
7.......................................................         100,340
8.......................................................         111,700
------------------------------------------------------------------------
For families with more than 8 persons, add $11,360 for each additional
  person.
* Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2020.


    Low Income Levels Based on the 2021 Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Income level
              Persons in family/household *                     **
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.......................................................         $29,640
2.......................................................          40,080
3.......................................................          50,520
4.......................................................          60,960
5.......................................................          71,400
6.......................................................          81,840
7.......................................................          92,280
8.......................................................         102,720
------------------------------------------------------------------------
For families with more than 8 persons, add $10,440 for each additional
  person.
* Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2020.

    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 or other outlying jurisdictions. Puerto 
Rico and other outlying jurisdictions shall use income

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guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia.

Diana Espinosa,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2021-04446 Filed 3-3-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4165-15-P