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Check your eligibility for the Lifeline Program

There are two ways to qualify for the Lifeline Program: income-based eligibility or program-based eligibility.

Income-Based Eligibility

Your household is eligible for Lifeline service if your total household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, which vary depending on the size of your household. The definition of a "household" is anyone living at an address (including children, relatives, people not related to you, etc.) who share income and household expenses.

For 2020, the following income amounts represent 135% of the federal poverty guidelines:

Persons in Household Annual Income
1 $17,226
2 $23,274
3 $29,322
4 $35,370
5 $41,418
6 $47,466
7 $53,514
8 $59,562
For each additional person, add $6,048

Each year the income-eligibility requirements for the Lifeline Program may change. You may be required to complete the provider’s household worksheet to help determine your household’s total income.

Program-Based Eligibility

Your household is eligible for Lifeline service if a member participates in one of the following federal assistance programs:

  • Medicaid (MassHealth is the Massachusetts Medicaid Program)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Certain Federally-Recognized/State Tribal Assistance Programs
  • Veteran's Pension or Survivor's Pension benefit

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Poverty Guidelines

 

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