Lifeline Eligibility Database
Telecommunications providers can now verify a Michigan consumer’s eligibility for the Lifeline Telephone Assistance Program through the Michigan Lifeline Eligibility Database (MLED). MLED will provide Eligible/Not Eligible qualification for a customer for Lifeline by confirming the consumer’s participation in one of the following five programs: Medicaid, Food Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the State Emergency Relief (SER) and Home Heating Credit (HHC) components of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In addition to qualifying original Lifeline applications, Michigan providers can also use MLED to assist in their annual recertification of Lifeline customers.
PLEASE NOTE: Per the Federal Communications Commission’s December 1, 2016 order in WC Docket No. 11-42 (DA 16-1324), customers are now also eligible for the Lifeline Program by participation in the Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefits Program.
In addition, the FCC granted the MPSC a waiver of the new federal Lifeline eligibility criteria. This waiver was set to expire on December 31, 2017. However, on December 18, 2017, the FCC granted a waiver extension until June 30, 2018