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|
|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.
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