Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

A measure of income issued every year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Federal poverty levels are used to determine your eligibility for certain programs and benefits, including savings on Marketplace health insurance, and Medicaid and CHIP coverage. $12,140 for individuals $16,460 for a family of 2 $20,780 for a family of 3 $25,100 for a family of 4 $29,420 for a family of 5 $33,740 for a family of 6 $38,060 for a family of 7 $42,380 for a family of 8 Federal Poverty Level amounts are higher in Alaska and Hawaii. The 2018 federal poverty level (FPL) income numbers below are used to calculate eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 2017 numbers are slightly lower, and are used to calculate savings on Marketplace insurance plans for 2018.