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Trump Administration Plan to Redefine Poverty Would Cut Benefits to Millions

HeadlineMay 17, 2019

The Trump administration has proposed redefining how the government calculates the poverty line, using a different measure of inflation. Economists warn the switch to the so-called Chained Consumer Price Index would underestimate the impact of inflation on wages, gradually chipping away at benefits like food stamps, Medicaid and healthcare subsidies for millions of Americans.

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