If You Use SNAP, Medicaid, or Other Programs


Federal Assistance Programs

You can get Lifeline if you, or someone in your household, participates in one of these federal assistance programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands)

Tribal Lifeline

Tribal Lifeline takes up to $25 off your monthly bill in addition to the standard Lifeline amount.

You can get Tribal Lifeline if you live on Tribal lands, and you or someone in your household participates in one of these 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

Tribal lands include any federally recognized Indian tribe's reservation, Pueblo, or colony, including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions, Hawaiian Home Lands, or Indian Allotments.

Show a card, letter, or another document as proof that you participate in one of these programs when you apply for Lifeline using Tribal Benefits.


NOTICE: As of December 2, 2016, you can no longer use the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or the NSLP Free Lunch Program to prove your eligibility for Lifeline.