The U.S. federal poverty level is a measure of income used by the U.S. only the amount of material goods and services available to the individual or family.
The poverty threshold, poverty limit or poverty line is the minimum level of income deemed adequate in a particular country. Determining the poverty line is usually done by finding the total cost of all the essential resources that an average human adult consumes in one year. Using a single monetary poverty threshold is problematic when applied.
The Federal Register notice for the 2019 Poverty Guidelines was Income) do NOT use the poverty guidelines in determining eligibility.
For an example of how the Census Bureau applies the thresholds to a family's income to determine its poverty status, see “How the Census Bureau Measures.