Medi-Cal families receive discounted internet services

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IEHP Community: More than a dozen Inland Empire residents are now connected to the internet at discounted rates, thanks to Get Connected California! and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) events recently held at Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Riverside and San Bernardino Community Resource Centers. Courtesy Photo of IEHP

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA

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If the global pandemic taught us anything, it highlighted how important access to internet and digital services are to our well-being in this modern world.

More than a dozen Inland Empire families are now connected to the internet at discounted rates, thanks to Get Connected California! and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) events recently held at Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Riverside and San Bernardino Community Resource Centers.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefit to help ensure households can afford internet services they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month towards internet access and offers discounts on laptops, desktop computers, or tablets to eligible households.

To participate, eligible households must be enrolled in Medi-Cal or other government assistance programs like CalFresh, Lifeline or Supplemental Security Income. In addition, households must have four people with an annual income of less than $53,000.

“The internet is so much more than connectivity, it’s a tool that can move entire communities forward,” said IEHP Community Resource Center Manager Maria Gallegos. “We’re so proud of this partnership and look forward to doing all we can to inspire future events like these.”

To learn more about the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program and to apply, visit affordableconnectivity.gov.

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