Are you having a hard time to save money to buy a new cell phone? Or are you thinking how you can possibly pay this month’s exorbitant phone bill? Well, let Uncle Brain Bats let you in on a little secret… Maybe you DON’T have to pay your phone bill ever again! Interested? Well, read on.
The government has this Lifeline Assistance Program, by virtue of which now you can get free cell phones along with free texts and free call minutes every month. Cell phones are a necessity now, long gone the time when it was a fancy item. In the time of necessity it is a welcome gesture on the part of government to come up with this benevolent program.
Who will be eligible for the Lifeline Assistance Program?
It is not everyone who qualifies for this program. There are certain rules and restrictions which need to be followed to get the benefits of this program. Even though there are different telecommunication companies which provide the benefits to the ultimate consumer, as it is a program controlled by the government, hence the eligibility are very much similar for the different companies. However there may be few differences based on the state you are residing.
You can qualify for this program if you satisfy any one of the following criteria. Either your household income is or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or you are a beneficiary of any other government programs. These programs include Food stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Federal Public Housing Assistance; Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) etc.
What is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?
This is a government program, by virtue of which nutrition assistance is provided to millions of families’ ion the country who are unable to provide the same to their kin due to their financially weak position. The authority work with the state agencies and other organizations to provide economic help to the poor. It is a very popular program and the largest amongst the hunger safety net domestically.
So if you use food stamps under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), then you will be eligible for Lifeline Assistance Program. In order to avail the facility under the Lifeline program, you do not need to take much trouble but only need to apply to the regional service provider in your state. But before applying make sure you qualify to be a part of this endeavor.
If your situation improves financially, you can drop out of the program. If you again need to avail the facility after some time due to your situation, you can again be a part of it just by doing a few formalities. After becoming a part of this programme, you can also get certain other benefits like availing broadband service, texting plan etc. at a low cost. Do not hesitate but approach your local service provider to join this program and solve the issue of high telephone bill payment and other associated problems and make life easier and happier.