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  • exposurer_of_micro_morons exposurer_of_micro_morons Jun 22, 2013 7:47 PM Flag

    Qualifications for Lifeline in Nevada

    Do a search on the terms:

    nevada Lifeline Phone Service Quick Start Guide

    And you will get a link to many of the providers, all of which indicate that SSI will qualify one for the program, and NONE which show Standard Social Security Payments will.

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    • blithering_idiot_daniels blithering_idiot_daniels Aug 1, 2013 10:13 AM Flag

      August 1, 2013 4:00 AM
      Me and My Obamaphones
      Not on welfare or below the poverty line? Never mind — here’s your free phone.
      By Jillian Kay Melchior

      Confession: You’re paying my phone bill.

      In the past month, I have received three shiny new cell phones, courtesy of American taxpayers, that should never have fallen into my hands.

      The Federal Communications Commission oversees the so-called Lifeline program, created in 1984 to make sure impoverished Americans had telephone service available to call their moms, bosses, and 911. In 2008, the FCC expanded the program to offer subsidized cell-phone service, and since then, the expenses of running the program have soared. In 2012, the program’s costs had risen to $2.189 billion, up from $822 million before wireless carriers were included. As of June, there were 13.8 million active Lifeline subscriptions.

      To be eligible for Lifeline, the applicant is supposed to be receiving some significant government benefit — food stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, public housing assistance, etc. But because welfare eligibility has expanded under the Obama administration, more people than ever before are qualified to receive “free” cell-phone service — part of the reason why Lifeline mobiles have become commonly known as Obamaphones. Alternatively, applicants can qualify if their household income is less than 136 percent of the federal poverty line.

      But as with any federal program with too much funding, too little oversight, and perverse financial incentives, Lifeline has become infamous for rampant fraud and abuse. There have been news reports about recipients flaunting dozens of subsidized phones. And in February, the Wall Street Journal reported on an FCC audit of the top five Lifeline providers, which found that “41% of their more than six million subscribers either couldn’t demonstrate their eligibility or didn’t respond to requests for certification.”


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      • blithering_idiot_daniels blithering_idiot_daniels Aug 1, 2013 10:13 AM Flag

        The FCC supposedly buckled down on eligibility standards last year and established other safeguards aimed at reducing fraud. I was curious about how tough it was to get one of these phones, so last month, I hit the streets of New York. And out of respect for the law and my journalistic integrity, I did not lie to obtain a phone.

        Now is the point, I suppose, where I should explain that I really, really shouldn’t have received a single phone. Despite what you hear, not all 20-something writers in the Big City are starving. Given my earnings, even if I were supporting a family of eight, my income would still rule me out. Nor do I receive any type of government benefit. By the Lifeline program’s standards, I am unambiguously ineligible.

        My first task was figuring out where to register. The rule of thumb is that wherever you can sign up for food stamps, you can apply for an Obamaphone.

        Representatives from SafeLink and Assurance, two of the leading New York Lifeline vendors, stand outside the food-stamp offices, paired like Mormon missionaries, young and polite and earnest. They carry electronic tablets and ask all passersby whether they’ve received their free phone “yet” — as if it were an inevitability.

        They approached me for the first time outside the food-stamp office at Tenth Avenue and 216th Street, on the northern tip of Manhattan. The SafeLink vendor, a man probably in his mid 20s, asked me whether I was enrolled in any benefit programs.

        “No,” I said, “but I’d certainly like to be. I’m hoping to be.” And indeed, while doing research for another story, I had gone through the motions of applying for New York City welfare, which I also don’t qualify for. I showed him my Human Resources Administration paperwork packet and the case number assigned to me. I reiterated that though I had once applied, I had never been approved for any sort of benefit.


    • So can I qualify for the free phone if I have income of $72K and get Social Security? I've heard that you can. And get one for your wife too!

    • You will need to discuss that with the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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      • The photograph of the human skeleton was included with a second batch of photos and documents he received from the same source. "The Americans have conspired in a cover-up of monumental and possibly even criminal proportions," Dr. Kang told newsmen in Beijing. "They hid photos of bare human footprints on the moon for 20 years and managed to keep the human skeleton secret even longer. The implications of what they found up there are staggering," he continued. "But the Americans apparently feel that nobody else in the world is privileged enough to share the information."

        The story goes that Dr. Kang's allegations stunned U.S. space and intelligence experts, one of whom went into hiding after reporters tried to question him in a Washington, D.C., restaurant. Other sources also allegedly refused to comment--even when told that the Chinese expert has copies of over 1,000 NASA photographs that clearly show bare human footprints and a human skeleton on the lunar surface.

        Intriguingly, the skeleton appears to have been wearing jeans. Judging from the position of the bones, it seems likely that the person it belonged to was at least partially dismembered and met with a violent death. It is also probable that the skeleton was transported into space long after the person was killed. The decomposition of bone and flesh would not have been possible in the airless atmosphere of the moon. The Chinese expert further noted that the age of the skeleton cannot be estimated without analyzing the bone firsthand.

        "Like the footprints on the moon, these photos were taken by a remote camera aboard the lunar lander and were given to me by an American source who is beyond reproach," said Dr. Kang. "I am also in the possession of classified documents and letters that describe the footprints as being fresh and the skeleton unquestionably human. The question that must be answered is how the footprints and skeleton go to the moon. The obvious implication is that extraterrestrial lifeforms wer

      • Did you know that NASA found skeletons on the Moon?

        If you don;t believe this, you will need to discuss that with the MUFON.

        Using your approach to the truth is sooooo much easier!

      • LOL!

        So you are shown literally dozens of direct references, including all the major cell phone providers in Nevada and the FCC, and your response is "You will need to discuss that with the Las Vegas Review Journal."

        You are not only a fool, but gutless as well.

    • exposurer_of_micro_morons exposurer_of_micro_morons Jun 22, 2013 7:51 PM Flag

      Here is the programs which will qualify you for a phone, copied directly from the FCC website:

      How Do I Qualify for Lifeline Discounts?

      The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands. You must be eligible to enroll. To participate in the program, consumers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in one of the following assistance programs:

      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP);
      Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
      Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8);
      Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);
      Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF);
      National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program;
      Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance;
      Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF);
      Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR);
      Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met); or
      State assistance programs (if applicable).

      In which of the above programs do you participate?

      If your answer is "none," then you do not qualify for a free phone.

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