Home Care Payers
You can apply for Medicaid in any one of the following ways: Write, phone, or go to your local department of social services. You can also mail in an Access NY Health Care application to your local department of social services, or apply with the help of an enrollment facilitator.
In New York City, contact the Human Resources Administration by calling (718) 557-1399. Residents of the five boroughs of New York City may call toll free at 1-877-472-8411.
Residents of New York City can mail applications to the Human Resources Administration at:
Initial Eligibility Unit
HRA/Medical Assistance Program
P.O. Box 2798
New York, NY 10117-2273
Pregnant women and children can apply at many clinics and hospitals. Call your local department of social services to find out where you can apply.
If you are in a facility operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health, contact the Patient Resource Office.
If you are in a facility certified by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, contact the Revenue Support Office.
Medicaid and Long-term Care
Medicaid is a State and Federal Government program that pays for certain health services and nursing home care for older people with low incomes and limited assets. In most states, Medicaid also pays for some long-term care services at home and in the community. Who is eligible and what services are covered vary from state to state. Most often, eligibility is based on your income and personal resources.