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Free Cell Phones for Medicaid Recipients

Updated on September 13, 2012

To sign up you need to go Safelink Wireless, which is the cell phone service provider. Check with them whether your state offers free cell phones for people on Medicaid. Currently, not all states do so. Then you need to submit the application along with information on your income like your W2 or pay stub. You can also submit documentation showing you are on Medicaid.

Another thing you should be aware of for free cell phones for people on Medicaid is that it’s not unlimited use for free. You only get about one hour of free minutes each month. That’s why it is very important you conserve your minutes for times of real need. You won’t have enough to chat with your friends all the time. Another thing is that you are only allowed one free cell phone per household. So won’t be able to give every one of your family members a free phone. At the end of your yearly contract, you have to resign and resubmit information showing that you can qualify for free cell phones. If you don’t, then you can’t use the phones for free anymore. However, you can keep the cell phone and aren’t obligated to return it.

Are you currently on Medicaid? If so, then you may be eligible for free cell phones for Medicaid recipients. These free cell phones, like the Medicaid program, are meant for low income families and individuals who are unable to afford a cell phone. Cell phones may not seem like something people would need. However, almost everyone use a cell phone now. The benefits of having a cell phone are also considerable. The most obvious would be when there is an emergency. Anytime you are in a situation where there is nobody around and you don’t have access to a landline phone, you can use your cell phone to call for help.

Like with the Medicaid program, you have to get approved in order to get free cell phones for Medicaid recipients. Your income is used to assess whether or not you get a free phone. But since you are already receiving Medicaid, then you should have no problems signing up for the free cell phone program.


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      Pam 2 years ago

      There is nothing noble about going without a phone for a year. It is an necessity. I keep up with all my appointments, take notes, leave myself voice message, search online, keep up with my business all on my iPhone. I can afford a phone, but can not imagine being unable to get the most basic cellular service. Those who are low-income and unable to have a phone, have an opportunity to get affordable and free phone services through the Lifeline program.

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      none of ur bizzness fed the fuck up with u dumbass people 3 years ago

      quit hating on people that need a little help its not our fault ur mad cuz u work for everything and don't wanna ask for help cuz u wanna talk shit about people on government assistants the government don't give a fuck about any of u fuckers working hard or none of us poor people tryna do better for ourselves so why not take advantage of the assholes that our tryna kill us smh I say if u aint the one giving out help shut up and keep working hard for what u have and keep ur damn opinions to urself and when u die u can take ur proud ass to heaven or hell and tell people how hard u worked ur whole life for a government that trys so hard to kill everyoneeeeee bye felicia

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      Lallvey 5 years ago

      What the number

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      ft1990 5 years ago

      What this is good

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      LOL 5 years ago


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      treesawrn 5 years ago

      The problem with this country are people are being enabled to become dependent on the government . There is no incentive to work hard and get ahead , instead , economically easier for the people who won't, or can't get a job to live off of the governent , utilizing the multiple benefits it gives people. since when did cell phones become a necessity ? That's the problem with our country : we think things that are luxury items are neccessities . That's one reason country is in such debt : we think we are Entitled to Everything now , without waiting or working for it

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      shellflick 6 years ago

      A cell phone is not neccesary......I went without one for years as a working person...making minimum wage...and paying my own bills....but when its free on my dollar.....REALLY??? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH....write your Senator and tell them to stop the freebies!!!!

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      Melissa 6 years ago

      You people need to learn how to spell. I mean come on, if you want people to take you seriously, then learn to spell. There is nothing wrong with someone getting a free phone and minutes. People that do are single moms that work but are still in the poverty levels of income. Terracom wireless, Assurance wireless, budget mobile, cintex wireless, all offer free phones to people that are on food stamps, medical assistance, or any type of government assistance. Give it a try, I did, and I got a beautiful touchscreen pink sprint phone through terracom wireless. It gets 250 minutes each month. And you can text on it also. So, anybody that needs the assistance should not feel embarassed to go online and fill out the application. Its completely free and already activated and ready to go.

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      christy clark ocala fla 6 years ago

      yeah they say u get 250 mintues with this phone and if u dont used the mintues that u get u loose them great right till your next mintues rolls around again i rather have a free cell phone with mintues on them i rather have 1000 mintues better than 250 mintues.with facebook added to the phone at least.

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      gregory 6 years ago

      you know some of us were very successful ,,how do you think we got there ?a free ride ?right hard work ,,some times in life shit happens ,,I and many have paid their dues ,,so please if you gotta judge @Erica find something that can be judged ,,like Goverment ,,your attitude ,,just be appreciative that you are able to work cause one day you may not be able to sweetheart :-]

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      Erica 6 years ago

      I'm going to quit my job, quit paying taxes etc. and jump on this bandwagon!!!!!! I'm tired of paying for all these people who can physically go out to work. Stop being LAZY.

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      Lee 6 years ago

      This is ludicrous!!!!!!!

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      amanda cole 6 years ago

      how do i get one

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      shunda 6 years ago

      which website i go to besides assurance wireless or safelink or reachout to get a free government phone

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      bob 6 years ago

      I am tired of people thinking they should get everything for free just because you have a diability. I am a disable vetran, but I still go to work and pay my own bills. This country is screwed

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      jerrt 6 years ago

      get out og here, pay for your cell phone like i pay for mine

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      Aaron l. Turner  6 years ago

      I can use a phone it will help me sabe so

      e Money

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      Kristol 7 years ago

      U can also get a phone from reach out wireless with up to 250 free minutes. You may want to try them since you couldnt get your phone replaced.

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      mina 7 years ago

      for Ms. Delores: Call the FCC and report the problem and they will solve it for you. Federal Communications Commission-FCC

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      Angel R 7 years ago

      Hello Ms Johnson,

      I also have memory problems and I'm only 55 years old. What has helped me is to have a pen and pad available at all times so I can write things down.

      In the case of your phone service, there are other companies that will sign you up. Just look for government phones on your computer. I believe one of the companies is called Safelink.

      I hope this helps.

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      MS DELORES 7 years ago


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      tina austin 7 years ago

      this would help me because i am disabled