Act now to oppose a harmful proposed change to the way poverty is measured

Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: June 14, 2019

The Trump administration recently issued a request for comments on a proposal to change the way the official poverty measure (OPM) is adjusted for inflation. As we have previously written, the change would have significant and lasting impacts on families who are already struggling to overcome barriers to financial security. Over time, this proposal would lower the federal poverty line, which already underestimates the number of struggling families in the United States. It would also limit eligibility for a number of critical programs that support children and families.

The federal government needs to hear from you on this issue. Please make your voice heard and join us in submitting comments on the proposal.

The administration is requesting comments on the proposal until June 21. Here is how you can speak up for children and families:

  • Step 1: Use the template comments available here to create your comments.
  • Step 2: Click here to submit your comments.
  • Step 3: Click on the “Comment Now!” button and upload your comment letter. Once you have entered your information and completed the form, click “Submit Comment.”

If you have any questions about this issue or would like support in submitting comments, please feel free to reach out to Sarah Hughes at

Sarah Barnes

About Sarah Barnes

Sarah serves as the Manager of Special Policy Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she works across the organization and with external stakeholders to develop and oversee the implementation of the Campaign’s engagement on strategic policy priorities Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah taught middle school English and worked as an Interventionist at Pioneer Charter School in Denver. She was a 2011 Teach For America corps member.