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A senior is being attended during Health Day 2005.

The Korean Resource Center’s Health Access Project seeks to improve the health status of Korean Americans, foster a belief that health care should be incorporated into our daily lives and ensure Korean American representation in the health policy, funding, and education.


Our Work

Our Goals

  1. To expand eligibility for public health benefits;
  2. To increase the number of affordable private health insurance options;
  3. To increase Korean American enrollment in public and private health insurance plans;
  4. To improve language access to public health coverage and private health insurance; and
  5. To provide medical services through the establishment of a local free clinic

Korean Resource Center provides low income families, seniors and children with free consultation on accessing to federal or state government sponsored health care programs which include Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, Medi-Cal for children and Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM), and assists them in filling out application forms for those programs.

Click here if you would like to see a list of documents requested for applying for several services sponsored by County of Los Angeles.

The following is 2005 Federal Poverty Guidelines used for determining eligibility for those government sponsored programs above.

HHS Poverty Guidelines

The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds used for administrative purposes - for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. (The full text of the Federal Register notice with the 2005 poverty guidelines is available here.)

The poverty guidelines are sometimes loosely referred to as the "federal poverty level" (FPL), but that phrase is ambiguous and should be avoided, especially in situations (e.g., legislative or administrative) where precision is important.

2007 HHS Poverty Guidelines (Yearly)

Persons in
Family Unit
48 Contiguous
States and D.C.
Alaska Hawaii
1 $10,210 $12,770 $11,750
2 $13,690 $17,120 $15,750
3 $17,170 $21,470 $19,750
4 $20,650 $25,820 $23,750
5 $24,130 $30,170 $27,750
6 $27,610 $34,520 $31,750
7 $31,090 $38,870 $35,750
8 $34,570 $43,220 $39,750
For each
person, add
$3,480 $4,350 $4,000

Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 15, January 24, 2007, pp. 3147-3148.

The separate poverty guidelines for Alaska and Hawaii reflect the Office of Economic Opportunity administrative practice beginning in the 1966-1970 periods. Note that the poverty thresholds - the original version of the poverty measure - have never had separate figures for Alaska and Hawaii. The poverty guidelines are not defined for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau. In cases in which a Federal program using the poverty guidelines serves any of those jurisdictions, the Federal office which administers the program is responsible for deciding whether to use the contiguous-states-and-D.C. guidelines for those jurisdictions or to follow some other procedure.

The poverty guidelines apply to both aged and non-aged units. The guidelines have never had an aged/non-aged distinction; only the Census Bureau (statistical) poverty thresholds have separate figures for aged and non-aged one-person and two-person units.

Programs using the guidelines (or percentage multiples of the guidelines - for instance, 125 percent or 185 percent of the guidelines) in determining eligibility include Head Start, the Food Stamp Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Note that in general, cash public assistance programs (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Security Income) do NOT use the poverty guidelines in determining eligibility. The Earned Income Tax Credit program also does NOT use the poverty guidelines to determine eligibility. For a more detailed list of programs that do and don't use the guidelines, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

The poverty guidelines (unlike the poverty thresholds) are designated by the year in which they are issued. For instance, the guidelines issued in February 2005 are designated the 2005 poverty guidelines. However, the 2005 HHS poverty guidelines only reflect price changes through calendar year 2004; accordingly, they are approximately equal to the Census Bureau poverty thresholds for calendar year 2004. (The 2004 thresholds are expected to be issued in final form in August 2005; a preliminary version of the 2004 thresholds is now available from the Census Bureau.)


Monthly Guidelines

Family Size 100% Poverty 120% 133% 150% 170% 175% 185% 190% 200% 250% 300%
1 797 957 1,060 1,196 1,355 1,395 1,475 1,515 1,595 1,993 2,392
2 1,069 1,283 1,421 1,603 1,817 1,871 1,977 2,031 2,138 2,672 3,207
3 1,340 1,609 1,783 2,011 2,279 2,346 2,480 2,547 2,681 3,352 4,022
4 1,612 1,935 2,144 2,418 2,741 2,821 2,983 3,063 3,225 4,031 4,837
5 1,884 2,261 2,505 2,826 3,203 3,297 3,485 3,579 3,768 4,710 5,652
6 2,155 2,587 2,867 3,233 3,664 3,772 3,988 4,096 4,311 5,389 6,467

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