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What is Medicaid?

Medicaid provides free health insurance for low-income adults and children. It may also provide up to 90 days of retroactive coverage for unpaid medical bills, if you request this coverage and are eligible 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.
  • 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). Eligible individuals can call the HRA Helpline at 888-692-6116 or visit any one of HRA's Medical Assistance Program Offices.

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