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Need help paying for your phone bill?

Many low-income families qualify for assistance with phone charges, but don't realize that this help is available. Lifeline provides qualified customers with a $12.75 monthly discount. Additional discounts are available for individuals that live on a federally recognized reservation or trust land.

Participation in Medicaid, SNAP (formerly called food stamps), LIEAP (low income energy assistance program), TANF (temporary assistance for needy families), FPHA (federal public housing assistance program), National School Lunch Program, SSI (supplemental security income) can qualify you for Lifeline.

Even if you do not participate in any of the above programs, you may still qualify for Lifeline based on your household income level. Contact your local phone company for application forms and income guidelines.

The name on the phone bill must match the name of the family member participating in the eligible program. The program is limited to one benefit per household and the benefit is non-transferable.

Lifeline is a Government benefit program and anyone who willfully makes false statements in order to obtain a benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the program.

*Lifeline applies to unlimited local calling.

For more information:

Call the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1-888-CALLFCC or go to www.fcc.gov/lifeline