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Toby Thomas is President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Michigan Power.

As Hoosiers and Michiganders transition to the re-openings in their states, Indiana Michigan Power thanks our customers for helping their neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic and reminds customers having difficulty paying their bills that help is available.

I&M thanks health-care professionals and first responders for their dedication, long hours and support of those in need.

We thank employees of supermarkets, pharmacies and other retail outlets that have remained open during the pandemic, as well as those involved in transporting crucial supplies.

We thank business owners and their customers for following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and executive orders from their respective states’ governors regulating the phasing-in of business.

I&M thanks our customers for following physical distancing guidelines and wearing face coverings.

During this extraordinary time when so many people have been impacted financially, we also thank our customers for their continued business. For those who are having difficulty paying their bills, we thank you for working with us on payment plans to ensure your continued service and/or seeking available assistance.

I&M strongly encourages customers who are behind on their bills to learn about available assistance. Many customers who have never previously sought public assistance who have experienced a significant drop in income may be eligible for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) assistance. States received additional LiHEAP money specifically to help customers impacted by COVID-19.

LiHEAP and some other programs have deadlines to apply for assistance during the summer cooling season. Customers who believe they may qualify should contact relevant agencies as soon as possible by calling 211.

We also encourage any customer who is behind on their bill – or who anticipates they may fall behind – to contact I&M. (See the accompanying box at bottom).

I&M suspended customer disconnections early in the pandemic, and has continuously worked to provide customers with tailored payment arrangements for their needs. Additionally, I&M waived late fees associated with non-payment, as well as disconnect and reconnects charges that would have occurred during the respective periods in both states when disconnections were suspended.

We encourage everyone to continue to follow CDC guidelines and wear face coverings when appropriate.

Thank you to our customers.