2015 Federal Poverty Levels
Hourly (Assumes 2080 hours per year.)
Significance of Various Poverty Levels
For the two columns marked with an asterisk (relating to insurance coverage through the Marketplace), the new 2015 FPL levels don’t go into effect until November 2015. For the others (relating to BadgerCare, Wisconsin Shares and W-2), the new 2015 FPLs take effect in February or soon thereafter.
100% = The maximum income limit for parents and childless adults to be eligible for BadgerCare (reduced from 200% on 4/1/14), and the minimum income limit to be eligible for financial assistance in the insurance Marketplace.
- 115% = The maximum income limit for participation in the Wisconsin Works W-2 program.
138% = The minimum Medicaid ceiling for a state to qualify for the significantly enhanced federal Medicaid funding. (Wisconsin has not chosen to expand Medicaid to this level.)
200% = The income ceiling to be eligible for Wisconsin Shares child care subsidies, and approximately the threshold for charging premiums for children enrolled in BadgerCare (which actually begins at 201% of FPL).
250%* = The maximum income to be eligible for federal cost-sharing assistance (that helps pay for co-pays and deductibles) for insurance plans obtained through the Marketplace.
306% = The maximum income limit for children to be eligible for BadgerCare.
400%* = The maximum income to be eligible for federal premium assistance for insurance plans obtained through the Marketplace. (People at all income levels are eligible to purchase insurance through the Marketplace without financial assistance).