Lifeline and Disabled Programs

The Lifeline and Disabled programs provide discounts for essential local telecommunications service for 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. Total discount amount ranges from $9.25 to $24.00 depending on wireless or landline provider, respectively.

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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