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Do you need assistance in paying your phone bill? The following programs provides discounts on phone service to eligible individuals: To ensure that telephone services remain available and affordable for low income consumers the government has established the Lifeline and Link-Up telephone assistance programs. Lifeline and Link-Up are programs that ensure that quality telephone services are available to low-income consumers at affordable rates. These programs provide discounts to eligible households for both the initial installation (Link-Up) and monthly phone bills (Lifeline) toward local service. Link-Up: Link-Up helps low-income families reduce the cost of initiating telephone services. The program will pay half of the installation charges for new local telephone service to your home or the activation of a wireless phone service up to a maximum of $30.00. However, the Link-Up discount does not cover charges related to wiring and telephone jacks within the home.  Lifeline: Lifeline offers low-income families a discount on their monthly telephone bills. Through Lifeline families can save up to $13.50 per month on the local service portion of their telephone bill. This program does not assist with long distance or other special feature services.

Who is eligible for Link-Up and Lifeline? The qualifications for both Link-Up and Lifeline are the same:

• If you are currently enrolled in one of the following public assistance programs, you are automatically qualified for the telephone assistance program:

oSNAP (Food Stamps) oMedicaid oSSI (Supplemental Security Income) oTANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) oLIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) oNational Free School Lunch oParticipate in Section 8 Housing/Federal Housing

• If you are not enrolled in any public assistance programs you may still be able to qualify based on your household's gross monthly income. To be eligible, applicant's total household income must be equal or less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Line. For more information about Lifeline or Link-Up services, contact your local telephone company, your state public utility commission or consumer advocte office to ensure that you qualify for the benefits of Lifeline and/or Link-Up or request an application form. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like more information about Social Security Disability benefits or need assistance in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

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