Medicaid is a government assistance program that offers health care coverage for low-income individuals/families of all ages. Title XIX of the Social Security Act is a Federal/State sponsored program that is designed to pay medical costs for certain designated individuals/families that happen to have low incomes or resources. So who is eligible for Medicaid? Eligibility includes (but is not limited to) people who are aged, blind, or disabled, along with certain people in families with dependent children. Since Medicaid is a "means test" based program, applicants are required to prove their financial need to be eligible.

Medical Services Provided Under Medicaid:

  • Inpatient hospital services
  • Outpatient hospital services
  • Mental health services
  • Prenatal care
  • Vaccines for children
  • Physician services
  • Nursing facility services for persons aged 21 or older
  • Family planning services and supplies
  • Rural health clinic services
  • Home health care for persons eligible for skilled-nursing service
  • Laboratory and x-ray services
  • Pediatric and family nurse practitioner services
  • Nurse-midwife services
  • Early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment services for children under age 21
  • Short term and long term nursing home coverage

You May be Eligible for Medicaid if:

  • You have high medical bills
  • You receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • You meet certain income, resource, age, or disability requirements
  • If you are a US citizen, resident alien or otherwise qualified alien


Medicaid is a public entitlement and does not cost anything to apply. Certain eligible individuals may have income or resources that exceed the NY State Medicaid income and resource levels. Individuals who are eligible under a federal category may receive benefits via the NY State Surplus/Spend-down Program.

On-Site Application

Applications for Medicaid may be completed by visiting our Department of Financial Counseling located in our hospitals. Please see the Contact us section of our website for details on how to contact a Financial Counselor who can assist you with a Medicaid application.

Documentation Required Completing a Medicaid Application:

  • Proof of identity, 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 disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veteran's Benefits (VA), retirement
  • Proof of where you live, like a rent receipt or landlord statement