How Do You Apply for Medicaid in New York?


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New York state allows applicants to apply for Medicaid using a variety of methods depending on the applicant's eligibility category. The New York Health Plan Marketplace accepts applications online and by phone at (855) 355-5777. A Medicaid Helpline assists applicants who call (800) 541-2831.

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Applications for New York Medicaid are accepted in person, by phone, online and by mail. Applicants should find their eligibility category and determine which application methods they are required to use by calling the Medicaid Helpline or by visiting the New York Medicaid website.

Adults ages 65 and older, youth in the foster care program, nursing home residents and Supplemental Security Income or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients generally must apply through Local Department of Social Services offices. Adults younger than age 65, children, pregnant women and infants are usually required to apply through the New York State of Health Marketplace. Required documentation varies by category.

Applicants may see if they may be eligible for Medicaid by reviewing the requirements provided on the New York Medicaid website. Having a household income below or near poverty level, suffering from a disability, being over a particular age or experiencing a certain health status may qualify applicants for the Medicaid program.

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