How Do I Apply?

Starting January 1, 2014, you can apply for Child Health Plus and/or Medicaid coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace: Paper, fax, or email applications for Child Health Plus will not be accepted by Child Health Plus Health Plans after December 31, 2013.

Call this toll-free number: 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543), and ask about Child Health Plus. (If you are hearing impaired, call the TTY number, 1-877-898-5849.) If you are eligible for Children's Medicaid or Child health Plus (see "Who is eligible?"), ask for organizations in your community who can help you enroll.

If you would like someone to assist you in applying for either Children's Medicaid or Child Health Plus, there are enrollers in your community who can help. These enrollers will help you fill out the application, collect the necessary documents, and select a health plan. In many cases, assistance is available during evenings and weekends. To learn the nearest location where application assistance is available, please call 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543), or check the list on this web site.

If an individual in your household is deemed certified blind, disabled, or over the age of 65 and wants to apply for Medicaid, you must contact your local Department of Social Services in order to apply for Medicaid.