Broadband emergency advantages make it extra inexpensive for MHS members to remain linked | Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, August 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Managed Health Services (MHS) encourages members to take advantage of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit program to provide members with better digital connectivity. Since the beginning of the pandemic, low-income, underserved, and rural communities are experiencing a wider digital divide with no reliable access to telemedicine, virtual learning, and in some cases, jobs. The Emergency Broadband Benefits offer a discount of up to $ 50 per month for broadband services to eligible households and up to $ 75 per month for households on tribal land plus one-time discount of up to $ 100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.

“Digital access is no longer a luxury item,” says Kevin O’Toole, MHS President and CEO. “Broadband is a utility that every home in America should have access to at an affordable price.”

To be eligible for program benefits, households need only meet one of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Qualify for SNAP, Medicaid, or the Lifeline Program;
  • Received (or received in the previous school year) benefits as part of the free and reduced school lunch or school breakfast program;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant that year;
  • Has experienced a significant loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income below $ 99,000 for single filers or $ 198,000 for joint applicants in 2020; or
  • Qualify for a participating vendor’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

A list of additional providers of broadband emergency services by federal state can be found here. MHS has also compiled a list of additional resources that can be combined with the Broadband Emergency Benefit to make it easier for members to access phone and internet services:

LIFE LINE: Lifeline is an FCC program that gives subscribers a discount of up to. granted $ 9.25 on monthly telephone service, broadband internet service or bundled voice broadband packages. To find out if you qualify and how to apply, visit Lifeline support Page.

SECURE LINK: SafeLink is a federal telephone and data program available to SNAP receivers and Medicaid receivers. Eligible recipients receive free minutes, SMS and data every month via SafeLink. The benefits vary depending on the federal state. Further information on registration can be found at SafeLink registration Page.

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ACCESS FROM AT&T: AT&T access provides inexpensive Internet service, including in-house WiFi for $ 10/ Month or less in some areas. AT&T currently has access to some parts of. available Indiana. visit ACCESS from AT&T to find out if this program is right for you.

MHS strives to provide information that will help members improve their quality of life and improve their health options. For more information on the Emergency Broadband Reward Program, visit https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

About MHS

Managed Health Services (MHS) is a managed care unit that proudly serves the state Indiana for over 25 years through the Medicaid programs Hoosier Healthwise and Hoosier Care Connect and the Medicaid alternative program Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). MHS also offers Ambetter from MHS im Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace and Allwell from MHS, a Medicare Advantage plan. All of our plans include high quality, comprehensive coverage with a network of providers you can trust. Visit mhsindiana.com to learn more. MHS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation®, a diversified, multinational healthcare company that provides both core and specialized medical services.

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