Get connected to the internet for less

Federal program cuts costs of internet services and devices

We all need to connect to the internet for things like work, school, health care visits and more. But internet services and the devices we need to connect can be costly.

The good news is that many households across the U.S. can get help through the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). These benefits are from the federal government, not from Tufts Health Plan or Medicaid. The program offers discounts on broadband internet services and devices that connect to the internet.

As a member of Tufts Health Plan, we want you to have fast and reliable internet service so you can get the most out of your health plan.

How it works

As part of the ACP, households* that qualify can get:

  • A discount on the cost of internet services
    • Households can get up to a $30 discount each month
    • Households on Tribal lands can get up to a $75 discount each month
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 on the cost of a device to connect. You can use this to buy a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. To get the discount, you need to:
    • Buy the device from a participating internet provider
    • Pay part of the cost (at least $10 and no more than $50) of the device
  • A low-cost internet service plan that may be fully covered
Who qualifies

All Tufts Health Together, Tufts Health RITogether and Tufts Health One Care (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) members qualify.
Tufts Health Direct members whose households (people who live together and share money) may qualify if their household income is 200% of the federal poverty guidelines or meets one of the following:

  • Has received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating internet provider's existing low-income internet
  • Has a household member who takes part in one of these assistance programs:
    • The National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Medicaid
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
    • Veterans pension or Survivor benefits
    • Lifeline

Learn more about ways Tufts Health Direct members may qualify.

Enroll in 2 easy steps
  1. Go to the ACP website to apply
  2. Contact your preferred participating internet provider to:
    • Select a service plan
    • Have the discount applied to your bill

Your current internet provider may take part in the program and offer the discount. In that case, you can apply the discount to your current plan.

There is no guarantee of eligibility into this program.

*Medicaid members and those who already have Lifeline automatically qualify for the ACP. You can get both Lifeline and ACP benefits. Simply call your internet provider to have your ACP discounts applied to your account.
 
Tufts Health One Care is a health plan that contracts with both Medicare and MassHealth (Medicaid) to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees.