Lifeline and Disabled Programs

The Lifeline and Disabled programs provide discounts for essential local telecommunications service from participating companies. Both programs are described in this brochure as well as below: 

Lifeline program
This program is intended to provide discounted service to qualifying low-income households. Participation is limited to one discount per household if one of the following qualifying criteria is met:

  • Food stamps
  • MO HealthNet (Medicaid)
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance, or
  • Annual household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty level.

The program is administered in a partnership arrangement between the Federal Communications Commission and the PSC. The program is funded by the federal universal service fund and the Missouri universal service fund. This program provides a discount of up to $24.00.

For more information about the Lifeline program, including a list of participating companies visit

Disabled program
This program provides a monthly $24.00 discount for a household meeting one of the following qualifying criteria:

  • Veteran Administration Disability Benefits
  • State Blind Pension
  • State Aid to Blind Persons
  • State Supplemental Disability Assistance Payments Administered by the Family Support Division
  • Social Security Disability

Funding is solely provided by the Missouri USF and is limited to landline phone service by a participating company. Participation is limited to one discount per household and may not be combined with the Lifeline program.


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