Low Income Programs


Lifeline is a plan that assists qualified low-income Iowans by providing a monthly reduction on their telephone bill. This reduction will be $9.25. Please contact your Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association for details.

Call Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association.

Note: Low-income telephone assistance does not cover the cost of a telephone or the cost of wiring inside your home.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for assistance in either, or both of the programs, you must meet income-based criterion currently defined as at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines OR participate in at least one of the following:

• Medicaid
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Federal Public Housing Assistance
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (L1HEAP)
• Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF)
• National School Lunch Program (NSL)

To receive Lifeline assistance
1. Complete the certification form and return it to your local telephone company’s business office. This address can be found in your local telephone directory.  Click here for a printable version of the Lifeline application.

2. If you receive an eligibility verification form, complete and return it to your local telephone company within 30 days. Verification forms are mailed to randomly selected subscribers every year. Your telephone company may suspend your eligibility for low-income assistance if you do not return the form.

Sponsored by:

Iowa Telecommunications Association
Iowa Utilities Board
Rural Iowa Independent Telephone Assoc.
Your Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association

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