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How do I qualify for Lifeline Phone Credit?

In order to receive Telephone Lifeline Assistance credit, qualified residential telephone service customers must also qualify by receiving benefits from any of the following programs:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8 )
  • Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs programs
  • Household income no more than 150% of the U.S. Poverty Guidelines
  • Veteran’s pension or Survivor’s pension benefits

Please note that new Federal Lifeline rules have removed receipt of benefits from the following previously eligible programs from qualification under the Telephone Lifeline Assistance Program:

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Updated on June 25, 2020

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