For seniors who are looking for help for telephone services, there are several government options available.
There are two government programs that can help, known as the LifeLine phone and LinkUp.
Both are detailed below, but to give you a brief synopsis, both programs are designed to provide seniors with discounts on monthly telephone bill as well as to help pay for the initial setting up of the phone line.
Benefits of the LifeLine Phone
The Lifeline phone has been designed to give eligible individuals a discount of phone line. This discount can apply to either a land line or to wireless service. This discount applies to only one phone line per person. You cannot have multiple discounts on multiple phone lines. The discount varies from state-to-state, but can be as much as $10 or more monthly.
Whereas the Lifeline phone is designed to help seniors pay for the cost of monthly phone service, LinkUp is designed to help pay for the initial setting up of telephone service.
This discount, which is up to $30 a month, can apply to either the cost of setting up a land line or to the initial activation costs for setting up a cell phone.
As with the LifeLine service, you cannot have more than one phone line where you receive assistance with LinkUp.
Qualifying for LifeLine and LinkUp
Both programs are available in every state…however it is important to note that the eligibility and income requirements vary from state-to-state…but some basic guidelines that are followed are that the qualifying applicant must have an income close to the Federal poverty guidelines or be on one of these forms of public assistance.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Food Stamps
- The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance, otherwise known as Section 8
To see what the exact requirements are in your state, go to the LifeLine and LinkUp websites or you can call them at 1-888-641-8722.
Now, when you go to their site, just click on your state and then choose your telephone provider. At that point the exact discounts this company provides will appear as well as eligibility requirements and how to apply.