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Information on New York Medicaid Program

New York Medicaid provides medical coverage to eligible needy persons for New York residents.  The purpose of Medicaid in New York is to improve the health of people in Illinois who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their children..  Medicaid is both funded by the Federal and State cooperative working together.

Primary health services funded through Medicaid are physician, hospital and long term care. Additional medical coverage includes drugs/prescriptions, medical equipment and transportation, family planning, laboratory tests, x-rays and other medical services.

The mission of the program is to improve the health of New York residents by:

  • Emphasizing health prevention
  • Promoting continuity of health care
  • Providing a medical home for Medicaid recipients
  • Ensuring that each recipient can receive high quality, comprehensive health care services within the recipient’s community

Do You Qualify for New York Medicaid?

To qualify for Medicaid New York:

  • you must be a resident of the state of New York
  • a US national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien,
  • in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19,
  • blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.

How do I apply for Medicaid?
You can apply for Medicaid in any one of the following ways: Write, phone, or go to your local department of social services.

  • Albany County DSS, 162 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12210, (518) 447-7492
  • Nassau County DSS, 60 Charles Lindbergh blvd., Uniondale, New York 11553-3656, (516) 227-7474
  • NYC DSS, Human Resources Administration, (718) 557-1399 or , 1(877) 472-8411 , (Toll free within the five boroughs of New York City)
  • Westchester County DSS, County Office Building #2, 112 East Post Road, White Plains, New York 10601, (914) 995-5000

In New York City, contact the Human Resources Administration by calling (718) 557-1399. Residents of the five boroughs of New York City may call toll free at 1-877-472-8411.

When I go for my application interview, what should I take with me?

  • Proof of age, like a birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship or alien status
  • Recent paycheck stubs (if you are working)
  • Proof of your income from sources like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veteran’s Benefits (VA), retirement
  • Any bank books and insurance policies that you may have
  • Proof of where you live, like a rent receipt or landlord statement
  • Insurance benefit card or the policy (if you have any other health insurance)
  • Medicare Benefit Card

Medicaid Program Important Phone Numbers
Medicaid Fraud Hotline 1-877-87 FRAUD
Medicaid Newborn Helpline 1-877-463-7680

Medicaid Managed Care
New York City 1-800-505-5678
Nassau County 1-888-562-9092
Suffolk County 1-888-566-9799

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