Tennessee agencies promote Lifeline awareness

Tennessee agencies promote Lifeline awareness


NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Regulatory Authority and the Attorney General's Consumer Advocate and Protection Division are promoting Lifeline awareness this week in Tennessee.

Lifeline is a federal program that provides discounted phone service to qualified low-income consumers.

The program is intended to give low-income people the opportunities and security that come with having phone service. That includes being connected to family, being able to obtain and keep a job and being able to call 911 in case of an emergency.

Consumers are eligible for Lifeline if their income is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty level. They also are eligible if they participate in Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, public housing assistance or several other need-based programs.

A complete list of eligibility requirements can be found at www.lifelinesupport.org.

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