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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 2019/2020 Income Eligibility Guidelines

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AGENCY:

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (“Department”) announces adjusted income eligibility guidelines to be used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These income eligibility guidelines are to be used in conjunction with the WIC Regulations.

DATES:

Implementation date: July 1, 2019.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kurtria Watson, Chief, Policy Branch, Supplemental Food Programs Division, FNS, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302, (703) 605-4387.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Executive Order 12866

This notice is exempt from review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

This action is not a rule as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) and thus is exempt from the provisions of this Act.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This notice does not contain reporting or recordkeeping requirements subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507).

Executive Order 12372

This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Programs under No. 10.557, and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials (7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, 48 FR 29100, June 24, 1983, and 49 FR 22675, May 31, 1984).

Description

Section 17(d)(2)(A) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1786(d)(2)(A)), requires the Secretary of Agriculture to establish income criteria to be used with nutritional risk criteria in determining a person's eligibility for participation in the WIC Program. The law provides that persons will be income-eligible for the WIC Program if they are members of families that satisfy the income standard prescribed for reduced-price school meals under section 9(b) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(b)). Under section 9(b), the income limit for reduced-price school meals is 185 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines, as adjusted. Section 9(b) also requires that these guidelines be revised annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The annual revision for 2019 was published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at 84 FR 1167, February 1, 2019. The guidelines published by HHS are referred to as the “poverty guidelines.”

Program Regulations at 7 CFR 246.7(d)(1) specify that State agencies may prescribe income guidelines either equaling the income guidelines established under Section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act for reduced-price school meals, or identical to State or local guidelines for free or reduced-price health care. However, in conforming WIC income guidelines to State or local health care guidelines, the State cannot establish WIC guidelines which exceed the guidelines for reduced-price school meals, or which are less than 100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Consistent with the method used to compute income eligibility guidelines for reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, the poverty guidelines were multiplied by 1.85 and the results rounded upward to the next whole dollar.

At this time, the Department is publishing the maximum and minimum WIC income eligibility guidelines by household size for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Consistent with section 17(f)(17) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1786(f)(17)), a State agency may implement the revised WIC income eligibility guidelines concurrently with the implementation of income eligibility guidelines under the Medicaid Program established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396, et seq.). State agencies may coordinate implementation with the revised Medicaid guidelines, i.e., earlier in the year, but in no case may implementation take place later than July 1, 2019. State agencies that do not coordinate implementation with the revised Medicaid guidelines must implement the WIC income eligibility guidelines on or before July 1, 2019.

The table in this Notice contains the income limits by household size for the 48 contiguous States, the District of Columbia, and all United States Territories, including Guam. Separate tables for Alaska and Hawaii have been included for the convenience of the State agencies because the poverty guidelines for Alaska and Hawaii are higher than for the 48 contiguous States.

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1786.

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Dated: March 28, 2019.

Brandon Lipps,

Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.

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Income Eligibility Guidelines

[Effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020]

Household sizeFederal poverty guidelines—100%Reduced price meals—185%
AnnualMonthlyTwice-monthlyBi-weeklyWeeklyAnnualMonthlyTwice-monthlyBi-weeklyWeekly
48 Contiguous States, D.C., Guam and Territories
1$12,490$1,041$521$481$241$23,107$1,926$963$889$445
216,9101,41070565132631,2842,6071,3041,204602
321,3301,77888982141139,4613,2891,6451,518759
425,7502,1461,07399149647,6383,9701,9851,833917
530,1702,5151,2581,16158155,8154,6522,3262,1471,074
634,5902,8831,4421,33166663,9925,3332,6672,4621,231
739,0103,2511,6261,50175172,1696,0153,0082,7761,388
843,4303,6201,8101,67183680,3466,6963,3483,0911,546
Each add'l family member add+$4,420+ $369+ $185+ $170+ $85+ $8,177+ $682+ $341+ $315+ $158
Alaska
1$15,600$1,300$650$600$300$28,860$2,405$1,203$1,110$555
221,1301,76188181340739,0913,2581,6291,504752
326,6602,2221,1111,02651349,3214,1112,0561,897949
432,1902,6831,3421,23962059,5524,9632,4822,2911,146
537,7203,1441,5721,45172669,7825,8162,9082,6841,342
643,2503,6051,8031,66483280,0136,6683,3343,0781,539
748,7804,0652,0331,87793990,2437,5213,7613,4711,736
854,3104,5262,2632,0891,045100,4748,3734,1873,8651,933
Each add'l family member add+$5,530+ $461+ $231+ $213+ $107+ $10,231+ $853+ $427+ $394+ $197
Hawaii
1$14,380$1,199$600$554$277$26,603$2,217$1,109$1,024$512
219,4601,62281174937536,0013,0011,5011,385693
324,5402,0451,02394447245,3993,7841,8921,747874
429,6202,4691,2351,14057054,7974,5672,2842,1081,054
534,7002,8921,4461,33566864,1955,3502,6752,4701,235
639,7803,3151,6581,53076573,5936,1333,0672,8311,416
744,8603,7391,8701,72686382,9916,9163,4583,1921,596
849,9404,1622,0811,92196192,3897,7003,8503,5541,777
Each add'l family member add+$5,080+ $424+ $212+ $196+ $98+ $9,398+ $784+ $392+ $362+ $181

Income Eligibilitiy Guidelines

Supplemental Chart for Family Sizes Greater Than Eight

[Effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020]

Household sizeFederal poverty guidelines—100%Reduced price meals—185%
AnnualMonthlyTwice-monthlyBi-weeklyWeeklyAnnualMonthlyTwice-monthlyBi-weeklyWeekly
48 Contiguous States, D.C., Guam and Territories
9$47,850$3,988$1,994$1,841$921$88,523$7,377$3,689$3,405$1,703
1052,2704,3562,1782,0111,00696,7008,0594,0303,7201,860
1156,6904,7252,3632,1811,091104,8778,7404,3704,0342,017
1261,1105,0932,5472,3511,176113,0549,4224,7114,3492,175
1365,5305,4612,7312,5211,261121,23110,1035,0524,6632,332
1469,9505,8302,9152,6911,346129,40810,7845,3924,9782,489
1574,3706,1983,0992,8611,431137,58511,4665,7335,2922,646
1678,7906,5663,2833,0311,516145,76212,1476,0745,6072,804
Each add'l family member add+ $4,420+ $369+ $185+ $170+ $85+ $8,177+ $682+ $341+ $315+ $158
Alaska
9$59,840$4,987$2,494$2,302$1,151$110,704$9,226$4,613$4,258$2,129
1065,3705,4482,7242,5151,258120,93510,0785,0394,6522,326
1170,9005,9092,9552,7271,364131,16510,9315,4665,0452,523
1276,4306,3703,1852,9401,470141,39611,7835,8925,4392,720
1381,9606,8303,4153,1531,577151,62612,6366,3185,8322,916
1487,4907,2913,6463,3651,683161,85713,4896,7456,2263,113
1593,0207,7523,8763,5781,789172,08714,3417,1716,6193,310
1698,5508,2134,1073,7911,896182,31815,1947,5977,0133,507
Each add'l family member add+ $5,530+ $461+ $231+ $213+ $107+ $10,231+ $853+ $427+ $394+ $197
Hawaii
9$55,020$4,585$2,293$2,117$1,059$101,787$8,483$4,242$3,915$1,958
1060,1005,0092,5052,3121,156111,1859,2664,6334,2772,139
1165,1805,4322,7162,5071,254120,58310,0495,0254,6382,319
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1270,2605,8552,9282,7031,352129,98110,8325,4165,0002,500
1375,3406,2793,1402,8981,449139,37911,6155,8085,3612,681
1480,4206,7023,3513,0941,547148,77712,3996,2005,7232,862
1585,5007,1253,5633,2891,645158,17513,1826,5916,0843,042
1690,5807,5493,7753,4841,742167,57313,9656,9836,4463,223
Each add'l family member add+ $5,080+ $424+ $212+ $196+ $98+ $9,398+ $784+ $392+ $362+ $181
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[FR Doc. 2019-08389 Filed 4-25-19; 8:45 am]

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