How it started? Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established the Lifeline program in 1985. Lifeline Assistance is a government assistance program available to help low-income residents by providing service and free cell phones for members of Oregon Health Plan. Congress supported Lifeline in Telecommunications Act of 1996 requiring that affordable service be available to low-income consumers across the country.
How it works?
Lifeline operates as part of the Universal Service Funds and gives either free or great discounts on monthly phone service purchased from participating providers. In addition, it is available to residents with an income that is at 135% or below of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. However, you may need to provide proof of income or proof that you have participated in the program.
You may be interested now to know who qualifies for free government cell phone.
(Free Cell Phones For Members of Oregon Health Plan)
Here are ways to qualify:
Based on Your Income
Your income should be 135% or below than the federal poverty guidelines. The guideline is based on your household size and state – see chart. You need to show proof of income, like three consecutive pay stubs or a tax return.
Source: Federal Register, Vol. 82, No. 19, January 31, 2017, pp. 8831-8832
The federal poverty guidelines are typically updated at the end of January.
You are qualified if you (or someone in your household) participated in one of these federal assistance programs:
Medicaid or Oregon Health Plan
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
You are qualified if you (or someone in your household) participated in one of these tribal assistance programs:
Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard)
Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Can anyone in the household get free phone?
It is available for only one wireless or wireline account per household (phone or internet, but not both) and is non-transferable. Separate households that live at the same address are eligible, including residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes. Residents with temporary addresses are also eligible.
Wanted to know how to enroll?
For Oregon Health Plan or Medicaid member,
click here – http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/Welcome.aspx
For CareOregon and its partner health plans (members of Columbia Pacific Coordinate Care Organization, Health Share of Oregon, Jackson Care Connect and CareOregon Advantage Plus),
click here – https://lifeline.wellpass.com/?organizationName=careoregon
Making false or fraudulent statements to obtain the Lifeline benefit can result in fines, imprisonment and de-enrollment or being barred from the program.
At Health Plans in Oregon, our goal is to make sure you have all the information you need about your health coverage and get you as much benefits you are qualified for.