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Applying for Public Health Insurance     is Changing

New York State offers free and low-cost public health insurance programs for low-income New Yorkers.  Individuals and families can qualify for public health insurance even if they have income, own a house, own a car, or have a bank account.

The way that you apply for public health insurance is changing.  As of January 1, 2014, some NYC residents can continue to apply through the NYC Human Resources Administration’s (HRA’s) Medical Assistance Program.  Other residents must apply for coverage through NY State of Health.

Who can apply for Medicaid through HRA?

Persons over 65 and people of any age who need Medicaid related to a disability or blindness can apply for public health insurance through HRA. Call the HRA Helpline at 1-888-692-6116 or visit a Medical Assistance Program Office.

Who can apply for public health insurance through NY State of Health?

Pregnant women, children, and non-elderly adults must apply for coverage through NY State of Health.  It is operated by New York State and is the Official Health Plan Marketplace.  Call NY State of Health at 1-855-355-5777 or go on-line and apply at: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/.  You can also have someone help you apply in-person, just call NY State of Health to find a certified assistor, or search online.

How do I renew my Medicaid?

If you are already receiving Medicaid or Family Health Plus, you will continue to renew through HRA for the time being.  Please follow these Medicaid Renewal Instructions (in PDF). 



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