For Telephone Service
Not all people can afford the regular cost of telephone or cell bills. That is why the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund started a lifeline for those who are hard up on expenses.
- Here’s how you can get a lifeline:
- Check the lifeline website then check the criteria for eligibility.
- Look for the nearest participating telephone company in your area
- Sign up with the company
- For disputes and complaints regarding the lifeline, learn who to contact
- You may contact your state social service agency if you are unable to afford any telephone line but still use a cell phone to contact 911
For Home Energy Bill
- If you need help in your energy costs which includes bill payments, weatherization and energy-related home repairs and energy crisis assistance. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help you.
- Here are ways to contact your local LIHEAP: state and territory contacts, Indian tribe or tribal organization contacts
- You can also visit the site at firstname.lastname@example.org for other information regarding the LIHEAP
For Medical Bills
This is the most common reason why people seek financial aid because it can be very expensive. Here is a list of programs that can help:
- To help you understand the Affordable Care Act which includes insurance options: gov
- For direct referral and aid to other organizations: State human/ social service agencies
- For people with lesser income: State Medical Offices
- For veterans: Local Department of Veterans Affairs Offices
- For Seniors or elderly: Eldercare Locator
- For children of families in need of financial aid: State Children’s Health Insurance Programs
- If you are not sure which programs suits you, you may check gov
- For aid regarding Medicare and Social Security: Local Social Security Administration Offices
- For people with disabilities: gov
- For Medicare recipients: Centers for Medicare and Medical Services
- For medical emergencies even if you do not have the money (ex: active labor), you have the right to have access to health care under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.
- If you do not qualify for any government aid and unable to pay your medical bills, you are covered by the Charity Care Programs.
For Welfare Or Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (Tanf)
- The TANF, popularly known as welfare aids families who are not able to sustain their children under 18 years of age in terms of food, housing, educations, child care, etc.
- For applications, questions or disputes, you can contact your local TANF office.