How do you qualify for Medicaid in New York?


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Individuals may be eligible for Medicaid in New York if they have high medical bills, receive supplemental Social Security Income and meet certain financial requirements, according to the New York State Department of Health. Applications can be made online, through a Managed Care Organization or through Navigators and Certified Application Counselors. Eligible individuals may also apply by calling either the Medicaid Helpline on 800-541-2831.

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Adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who do not qualify for Medicare should apply by calling the New York State of Health Marketplace on 855-355-5777, as directed by the Department of Health website. Pregnant women, infants, children and parents or caretaker relatives should all apply in the same way.

Some eligible individuals are advised to apply with their Local Department of Social Services. These include those in receipt of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Insurance, as well as foster care youth and people over the age of 64 who are not parents or caretaker relatives. A full list of individuals who should apply this way is available at the New York Department of Health website.

The required documentation when making an application for Medicaid also depends on whether applicants are subject to the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) or non-MAGI guidelines.

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