All Americans have been provided with the facility of Lifeline program.  The program has been initiated so as to help low-earning citizens, by providing them with free Government cell phones in Rhode Island.  There are, of course, an eligibility criteria and quite clearly defined benefits that the program provides.

The program’s basic purpose is to help out American citizens by providing them with discount and/or free minutes!  This helps in making the basic telephone service for low income earning citizens more affordable.  The program can either provide you with a discount on your monthly billing rate or free cell phones.  The discount may be up to an amount of $14.  This varies from company to company.  Coming to the eligibility part; you must be a qualified low-income earner. So you must be enrolled in any of the following programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • General Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program
  • Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly
  • Family Independence Program
  • National School Lunch Program (Free Lunch Program Only)
  • Federal Public Housing (Section 8) 

Apart from this, make sure you get the application form and submit it back with all the necessary documentation to get the benefits.  Free cell phones actually mean free cell phones and free minutes, just in case you were wondering!  All in all, this program is a very effective and quite easy-to-use program built for American citizens who are earning low incomes and helps them in getting their basic need of telephoning!  All that is requires is an application process to go through and once validated it helps a lot of people out.  Such programs should be encouraged and brought forward.


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