The NAS measure will take into account items such as:
- Tax costs
- Tax credits
- Public benefits
- Geographic differences in the cost of living
Neither the FPL nor the new NAS measurement will measure the needs of families in as much detail as The Self Sufficiency Standard, which examines the cost of food, transportation, healthcare, childcare, and housing in every county in a given state for 70 different family configurations. However, the new measure will offer a new perspective that can hopefully lead to more targeted programs for all Americans.
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