Medicaid is a program for New Yorkers who can´t afford to pay for medical care.

You may be covered by Medicaid if:

  • You have high medical bills.

  • You receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

  • You meet certain financial requirements.

You may apply for Medicaid in the following ways:


Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure. To learn more, read our Medicare publication.

You can apply online for Medicare even if you are not ready to retire. Use our online application to sign up for Medicare. It takes less than 10 minutes. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if we need more information. Otherwise, you’ll receive your Medicare card in the mail. Learn more about your Medicare card.

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