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Coping With Less LIHEAP Funding

November 13, 2013 The federal government has cut back funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, for this winter. This could have a detrimental effect on low income Vermonters. The cuts are exacerbated by changes in the amount that Vermont fuel dealers can charge LIHEAP customers, prompting at least a dozen dealers to opt out of the program this year.

Dave Yacovone, commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, and Vermont Fuel Dealers Association Executive Director Matt Cota discuss how the changes will affect low income Vermonters this winter.

Also in the program, the Vermont Attorney Generalís office has settled two lawsuits involving phone charges for services that werenít authorized by customers and more than 12,000 individuals and businesses in Vermont will receive refunds. Attorney General Bill Sorrell explains what customers should be alert to in their landline and cell phone bills.

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