The State of Michigan requires that all providers of basic local telephone service offer customers the Lifeline Program, a telephone discount program for income-eligible customers. The Lifeline Program, a government assistance program subsidized through the Universal Service Fund, provides discounted telephone service for low-income customers.
To be eligible for Lifeline, you must meet income based requirements (< 150% of the federal poverty level) or participate in one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly Food Stamps
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF)
- National School Free Lunch Program (NSL)
- Tribal Discount
Your eligibility to participate in these programs will be verified by Midwest or an authorized state agency. Lifeline is a non-transferable government assistance program that provides a discount on the cost of monthly telephone service and is limited to one discount per household and only eligible customers may enroll.