Lifeline Program Changes and What They Mean for Alaskans
On December 2, 2016, the following changes were made to the Universal Service Administration’s Lifeline program. You must participate in at least one of the following programs to be eligible for a Lifeline Program discount:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Program
- Income below the Federal Poverty guideline
If you are currently a Lifeline customer, you will need to confirm your enrollment in one of the eligible programs listed above when you do your next annual eligibility confirmation.
As of December 2, 2016, participation in the following programs apart from any of those listed above, no longer quality as Federal Lifeline eligibility programs.
- National School Lunch Program
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)
- Alaska Adult Public Assistance
- Denali Kid Care
What is the Lifeline Program?
The Lifeline Program is a federal program that provides a monthly benefit on home or wireless phone and broadband service to eligible households. The Lifeline benefit can lower or eliminate the cost of your monthly phone or internet bill. Only one benefit is available per household; either phone service (home or wireless) or internet (home or mobile), but not both. To check your eligibility for LIFELINE, contact your local AP&T Office or visit the LIFELINE page and link to download or read the eligibility PDF. You may also visit the Universal Service Website for more information as well at: www.lifelinesupport.org.