Federal Poverty Levels (FPL) are federal guidelines that help to determine eligibility for public programs like Medicaid and CHIP. The guidelines are revised each January. From an equity lens, eligibility determinations based on FPL directly impact health care affordability. Since these levels are the same across the U.S., they are more restrictive in states with high costs of living, like ours.
States determine Medicaid eligibility limits and in 2015, Connecticut reduced eligibility for parents enrolling in HUSKY A. Ultimately over 11,000 parents lost health coverage. In 2021, we and our partners are advocating for increased eligibility. For more information, check out these materials shared by the Medicaid Strategy Group.