free cell phone SSI or Supplemental Security Income is a federal government program providing elderly or those with certain disabilities with money or stipends to meet up their needs.

Normally, this is done by Social Security Administration that is funded by the US Treasury.

This government program is designed to help people who find themselves unable to work.  It was originally started by President Ronald Reagan back in 1985 and had tremendous bipartisan support.  No adjustments or changes were made to Lifeline by the FCC until 1996 due to the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

The program back then provided landline phone connections to low-income households for as little as $10 a month.

Eligibility for SSI Includes:

  • Person should be over 65 years old
  • Blind
  • Some form of disability
  • Have income or resources within certain limits

In 2008, the program was brought into the 21st century by the Bush Administration and the FCC by making the exact same program available for wireless phones.  Immigrants have to meet another group of conditions, in addition to the one that’s mentioned previously, to be eligible for a SSI:

  • The individual need to be admitted for permanent residence lawfully.
  • Refugees who are admitted to US
  • Conditional entry pursuant

SSI is generally paid on every first day of the month unless that day is a holiday or weekend. If so, the payment is performed before that week-end or legal holiday.

SSI may be limited based on the living arrangements of the person.  You must provide documents to prove you are eligible for this program. Some states do not offer the Supplemental Security Income program so you should check with your state if you are unsure if you are qualified.

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