On March 27, 2020, a stimulus package, also called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was legalized. It is intended to help individuals and businesses pay all kinds of bills in reaction to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Help with telephone bills

There is a program called Lifeline that enables individuals and families with low income to get discounted cell phone or landline services. In some conditions, you may also get a free phone.

To apply for the program, you should either have income less than the federal poverty guidelines or take part in a government program like Head Start or Medicaid. You have to apply through a local company that provides the Lifeline.

The local phone company is supposed to help you apply for the Lifeline service. If you have problems concerning the program, call the local company. If you want extra help, you may contact the Lifeline Support Center.

Help with home energy bills

If you have trouble paying your heating or cooling bills, you may turn to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program also offers emergency services coping with energy crises like utility shutoffs.

With this program, you can save much of your home energy and pay less for your utility bills. Water and sewer bills are not included, though. You may contact the local LIHEAP office for application details and more information.

Help with medical bills

For families who have no health insurance and have difficulty paying medical bills for children, the Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers particular help.

For low-income adults, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can help them with medical bills through a program called Medicaid. The application requirements may vary state by state. Contact your local or state social services agencies for more information and details.

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