An Intro to Lifeline
Lifeline is a federal program that provides financial assistance for: phone services, internet services, bundled phone and internet services OR a free cell phone with prepaid monthly minutes.
Why Lifeline Matters
Lifeline not only keeps patients and parents connected to the people who matter most; Lifeline also provides patients and parents with phones to schedule appointments, report changes in condition or disability to a medical professional or social security office; they can call nurse hotlines, renew prescriptions, and simply stay in touch. They also get the comfort and security of knowing help is just a phone call away.
How Lifeline Works
Lifeline provides a subsidy of $9.25 to local phone and broadband providers which decreases the cost of the bill that individuals or families would have to pay for these services.
Households with incomes less than 135% of the federal poverty level are eligible. Also, anyone eligible for SSI, Medicaid, or Foodshare is also eligible for Lifeline. Certain tribal programs can also make someone eligible for Lifeline services.
How to Apply
Pick a Lifeline provider from this list. Once you've made your decision, call the company's phone number and tell them you want to apply for Lifeline.
Some popular Lifeline providers are: Safelink, Assurance, US Cellular, and Century Link.
Remember: you can only receive Lifeline discounts on one device or number per household.