Cheyenne, Wyo. - Wyoming and Colorado will help kick off the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier this winter.
They, alongside Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah, will take part in the initial launch in December 2017.
The National Verifier was established in the 2016 Lifeline Order to make eligibility determinations and perform a variety of other functions necessary to enroll subscribers into the Lifeline program.
Since 1985, the federal Lifeline program has provided free or discounted phones and service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure they are able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. Wyoming residents who receive government assistance, such as free school lunches, food stamps, Medicaid, or other federal programs, are eligible for the Lifeline program.
The National Verifier will verify Lifeline subscriber eligibility, conduct checks to prevent duplicate benefits, recertify subscriber eligibility, and calculate support payments to eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs).
The soft launch date is scheduled for December 5, 2017, with a hard launch date of March 13, 2018. This will allow ETCs to become familiar with the National Verifier online portal before the mandatory hard launch date, and to adjust and test their systems and business processes.
In addition, during the soft launch period, the National Verifier will begin the process of verifying the eligibility of consumers in the six initial launch states that already participate in the Lifeline program. Any consumer whose eligibility cannot be verified in this process will be de-enrolled from the program.
Wyoming residents can click here to learn more about the Lifeline program.