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What is Medicaid?

Medicaid provides free health insurance for children and adults who meet income and other eligibility requirements. It may also provide up to 90 days of retroactive coverage for unpaid medical bills.  You must request this coverage when you apply for Medicaid.  Medicaid will pay those bills if you are determined eligible for Medicaid during those 90 days.  

Who is eligible?

Children, single adults, couples without children and families with children living in New York may be eligible if they are:

How to apply

  • Children and most adults under age 65 must apply for coverage through the NY State of Health. You need to know this information to enroll.
  • Pregnant women can apply at select providers for immediate coverage or through NY State of Health.
  • Persons over 65 who are not a parent or caretaker relative of minor children, anyone who has Medicare, and persons seeking to qualify for Medicaid based on a disability must apply for coverage through New York City's Human Resources Administration (HRA). Call 347-396-4705 for free enrollment assistance. Trained enrollers can help you apply for or renew your Medicaid and apply for programs to help reduce Medicare costs.or visit any one of HRA's Medical Assistance Program Offices.
  • If you are over 65, living with a disability or visual impairment, you need to provide certain documents when you apply for Medicaid. You can find examples of the type of documents here. All consumers who submit a new application for Medicaid, will only be required to submit copies of documents that prove immigration and citizenship status. No other documents are required during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • You can get free help applying for Medicaid, renewing your Medicaid coverage or financial help to cover Medicare costs through the Facilitated Enrollment for the Aged, Blind and Disabled Program

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