What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a program for New Yorkers who can't afford to pay for medical care. Medicaid provides access to recipients to participating providers for a wide range of medical services. The income and resources of applicants are compared to varying standards, dependent upon household circumstances, age of applicants and medical condition.

How do I know if I qualify for Medicaid?
You may be covered by Medicaid if:

  • You have high medical bills.
  • You receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • You meet certain financial requirements.

Medicaid Application
You can request an application for Medicaid by contacting a Navigator. A Navigator is a community agency trained to assist with Medicaid applications. Individuals who are over the age of 65, certified blind or disabled, not certified disabled but chronically ill, or in need of Medicaid coverage of nursing facility services, should go to the Jefferson County Department of Social Services.

More Information
For more information regarding Medicaid, frequently asked questions, Medicaid updates, local departments of Social Services, statistics, and a host of related links, please visit the New York State Department of Health website

Other Health Insurance Options

  • There are programs through the State of New York to help people who are not eligible for the Medical Assistance Programs: Healthy New York
  • You and your family have many new low cost, quality health insurance options available through the Individual Marketplace.You can quickly compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of your health coverage at or call 1-855-355-5777