On March 26, 2019, SBI asked the FCC to delay its launch of the National Verifier for its Lifeline program in Arizona until the SNAP and Medicaid databases are available for electronic verification. As of this date, USAC does not have an agreement with the State of Arizona to electronically access these databases. Without these agreements, Lifeline-eligible customers will lose federal Lifeline benefits unless they manually produce documentation. In the case of SBI, over 39,000 households in Arizona will be in jeopardy, most of whom live in remote areas in very difficult circumstances. Accordingly, SBI asked the FCC to make inclusion of the SNAP and Medicaid databases a prerequisite to launching the National Verifier in Arizona. A copy of SBI’s letter can be found here.