WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 7, 2015 – Older Americans agree: Congress and state lawmakers should not restrict their access to federal wireless Lifeline, which often is inaccurately referred to as the “Obamaphone” program. A survey conducted by ORC International (ORC) and sponsored by Keeping Americans Connected to Opportunity makes it clear that seniors believe they should get continue to get access to wireless Lifeline and other benefits that have been promised to them.
Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, said: “This is just a question of fundamental fairness. A large number of older Americans on fixed incomes benefit from the wireless Lifeline program. It is their connection to health care, part-time work, needed community services, and law enforcement help. These are exactly the kind of people that wirelessLifeline was set up to serve and they should not be subject to either losing access or having to pay a fee or tax in in order to participate.” Read more here.