Lifeline Awareness Week
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[September 12, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Quinn
proclaimed Sept. 10-14 as Illinois Lifeline Awareness Week, and the
Universal Telephone Assistance Corp., which administers Lifeline in
Illinois, is taking the opportunity to make consumers aware of some
of the changes to the program.
Lifeline is a federal program that improves the lives of Illinois'
low-income residents by providing eligible households with a
discount on their monthly phone bill. This year, the Federal
Communications Commission made changes to modernize and streamline
the Lifeline program. As part of this process, all Lifeline
participants will now need to recertify their eligibility each year
to continue receiving Lifeline support. The eligibility guidelines
have not been changed, and current participants will remain eligible
for assistance toward the cost of one phone per household.
participants will receive a notice from their telephone provider
about the need to recertify. To ensure service is not interrupted,
consumers must fill out and return the forms to their telephone
company, along with documents verifying their eligibility.
Consumers with questions regarding the recertification process
should contact their telephone service provider. A list of contact
information for local phone companies is available on the UTAC
"With the changes enacted by the FCC earlier this year, many
Illinois residents are receiving notices to recertify," explained
Allen Cherry, president of the Universal Telephone Assistance Corp.
"We want to make sure all eligible Lifeline consumers are aware of
these changes and how to ensure their service remains
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Individuals or families are eligible to receive Lifeline
assistance if they meet income guidelines or participate in one of
the following programs: Medicaid; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program, known as SNAP; Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program,
known as LIHEAP; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, known as
TANF; Supplemental Security Income, known as SSI; the free national
school lunch program; or federal public housing. For more
information or to see if you qualify, visit
or UTAC's website at www.linkupillinois.org.
In Illinois, the telephone assistance program is supported
through voluntary contributions. If you are able to contribute,
please go to
www.linkupillinois.org to make a one-time contribution, or
contact your local telephone service provider.
[Text from news release from the
Lifeline program administered by
the Universal Telephone Assistance Corp.]