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Disability: Have You Heard of These Discounts?

Often I find myself hearing about new discount options for those who have disabilities like myself. It is amazing how "hidden" these benefits are. There should be a list somewhere, I thought. So maybe I will start one now...

1. Electricity Discount (CARE/FERA)
If you need extra air or heat because of your health and get a doctor's help, you can get a discount on your electricity bill for air conditioning and/or heating.
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) reduces energy bills for eligible customers by about 30%. 
Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) reduces electric bills for qualified households by 12%.
2. FREE Mobile Phone Plans (Lifeline)
You can get Lifeline if you participate in one of these federal assistance programs:
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
  • Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands)

Show a card, letter, or official document, as proof that you participate in one of these programs when you apply for Lifeline.
A while ago I heard about the program from a driver but they weren't providing phones at the time. Apparently now they're back to providing phones! YAY. I just applied and am getting my phone plan via TruConnect that includes:
    Free - Android Phone
    Free - Up to 1.5GB Monthly Data
    Free - Unlimited Talk and Text
    Free - Unlimited Calls to Select Countries
Can't wait to review it for you soon.

Update (8/15/18): TruConnect rep said that my application is being reviewed and after it has been approved in a couple days it will be shipped to me. If they have any questions they will contact me via email.

Update 8/21/18: Application was approved! They say "Please allow up to 2 weeks from the date of this email to receive your phone."

3. Discounted AMAZON Prime w/ Medicaid.

- Prime is just $5.99/month for qualifying customers in select U.S. government assistance programs such as holders of the EBT card. 
- Enjoy the benefits of Prime at almost 50% off the regular monthly price for 1 individual account!

That's it for now. Hope these 3 have been helpful. Cheers,