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The Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) are vital to the health center program. In fact, they are the basis of the Sliding Fee Discount program and it is a HRSA program requirement that health centers ensure that the federal poverty guidelines are incorporated (and current) for all discount pay classes (Chapter 9-Sliding Fee Discount Program Element E; https://bphc.hrsa.gov/compliance/compliance-manual/chapter9). Updated FPGs are normally published each January (sometime around the middle of the month). Keeping this in mind health centers can: