Earlier in the year (2012), the National Association on Regulatory Utility Commission sent a letter to all New York Lifeline participants advising them of new rules pertaining to the Lifeline program.
The Federal Communications Commission, in an attempt to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse approved a program overhaul. As a result, every New York government phone provider is required to recertify each Lifeline customer. The recertification process ensures that only qualified households continue to receive Lifeline benefits.
If you live in New York and participate in the Lifeline program, be prepared to provide the following information for annual recertification:
- Your full name,
- Residential and billing addresses
- Date of birth
- Last four digits of your social security number (or Tribal identification number)
- Information on how how you meet eligibility requirement. Give the name of the qualifying government assistance program or, if you qualify based on your income, provide th enumber of individuals living in the household.
The Link-Up program is no longer available to those not living on Tribal Lands. Additionally, the to qualify for the Lifeline program you must participate in one of the following government assistance programs:
- Medicaid, Food Stamps,
- Supplemental Security Income,
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8),
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP),
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or The National School Lunch Program,
- Non-service Related Veteran’s Disability Pension or Veteran’s Surviving Spouse Pension programs
If you have any questions or require additional information, visit the Federal Communications Commission website or call their Consumer Center 1-888-225-5322 (voice) or 1-888-835-5322 (TTY).