Lifeline and Link-Up for VCI Customers in Minnesota

Lifeline is a government program that offers qualified people a discount on their monthly local telephone bill. Each state has its own guidelines to qualify.

       How much can I save on my phone bill?

You will save up to $9.29.
  These benefits apply to your local telephone service charges that you purchase as a flat rate service, measured service and local service purchased as part of a bundled service. These benefits will also cover your subscriber line charge.


       How do I know if I'm eligible?

You're eligible for Lifeline if you participate in any of the following programs:


*                       Food Support (Food Stamps)

*                       Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

*                       Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)

*                       Medicaid (Medical Assistance)

*                       Federal Public Housing Assistance

*                       Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

*                       Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

*                       National School Lunch free lunch program

*                       Income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines


       Are there any restrictions?

Lifeline can only be used for the main telephone line in a household. The name on your phone bill must match the name of the participant who is eligible for the program. Lifeline customers may purchase all services offered to non-Lifeline customers.


       How do I apply?

To apply for Lifeline call 1-800-923-8375 for an application. You will be asked to provide proof of your eligibility by returning a signed self-certification form. Your Lifeline benefits will take effect when proof of eligibility is received.