To apply for Medicaid:
Step 2. Request an application
If you are over the age of 65, certified blind or disabled, not certified disabled but chronically ill, or in need of Medicaid coverage of nursing facility services, you can apply for Medicaid. You no longer need to have a personal interview to be eligible for Medicaid.
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 if you have one
You can also use the “Fill and Print” ACCESS NY Health Care application to apply for Medicaid. Fill out the application on your screen and print the completed form. Mail the completed application or bring it to your local department of social services.
You can also call 1-800-698-4543 (TTY 1-800-662-1220) to have a Medicaid application mailed to you.
Step 3. Get help filling out your Medicaid Application, if you need it
You can also get an application and assistance filling it out by calling New York Health Options at 855-693-6765.
If I think I am eligible for Medicaid, should I cancel any other health insurance I might already have?
No. If you currently pay for health insurance or Medicare coverage or have the option of getting that coverage, but can’t afford the payment, Medicaid may be able to pay the premiums. Even if you are not eligible for Medicaid benefits, the premiums can still be paid, in some instances, if you lose your job or have your work hours reduced. If you need help with a COBRA premium, you must apply quickly, to determine if Medicaid can help pay the premium. You may also be eligible for the Medicare Savings or Buy-in Program. This program pays your Medicare premiums and deductibles.
If you are in a facility operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health, contact the Patient Resource Office in your area to apply for Medicaid.
If you are in a facility certified by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, contact the Revenue Support Office at (518) 473-9689.
To learn more about Medicaid changes in 2014, read NY Medicaid Changes for 2014.