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federal poverty level

What is the federal poverty level (FPL)?

In order to be eligible for Medicaid (as a full dual-eligible beneficiary, or for partial assistance with things like Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket costs) or Extra Help financial assistance, a Medicare beneficiary must have income that doesn’t exceed certain percentages of the federal poverty level.

Eligibility varies depending on the program, with more assistance available to people with lower incomes. Asset tests are also common, meaning that the beneficiary must have limited assets in addition to a fairly low income in order to qualify for assistance through the Medicaid program.

The FPL, which changes annually and is published in January each year by HHS, is $13,590 for a single person in 2022.