Health Insurance

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore MD 21244-1850
Toll-Free: (877) 267-2323
Local: (410) 786-3000
TTY Toll-Free: (866) 226-1819
TTY Local: (410) 786-0727

  • Medicaid
    Medicaid is a health care program for those who cannot afford to pay for medical care. You may be covered for Medicaid if:
    • You have high medical bills.
    • You receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
    • You meet certain income, resource, age, or disability requirements.
    To apply for Medicaid, write, phone, or visit your local department of social services.
    The website below is the CMS Medicaid page. The site provides a listing of State Medicaid Websites for all fifty States.
    Medicaid Website:

  • Medicare
    Medicare is the national health insurance program for:
    • People age 65 or older
    • Some people under age 65 with disabilities
    • People with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), which is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant
    You automatically receive Medicare, following a two year waiting period, if you have Social Security Disability Insurance (see information under "Financial. Legal, and Practical Help"). Contact your local department of social services for more information. The website below is the CMS page for Medicare Information.
    Medicare Website:

Family Health Plus
New York State Department of Health
Phone: (877) 9FH-PLUS (877-934-7587)

Family Health Plus is a public health insurance program for adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who do not have health insurance--either on their own or through their employers--but have incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. Family Health Plus is available to single adults, couples without children, and parents with limited income who are residents of New York State and are United States citizens or fall under one of many immigration categories.

Most States have comparable health care plans. Contact your State Health Department or local social services department for information on the plans available to you.

State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
SCHIP Website:

This program gives each state permission to offer health insurance for children, up to age 19, who are not already insured. SCHIP is a state administered program and each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services.

Locate your state SCHIP program through the website below. You may also contact your State Health Department, your local social services department or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) above.

State Map Website for SCHIP:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Phone: (202) 619-0257
Toll Free: (877) 696-6775

HHS provides resources and support on numerous aspects of health and safety.


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