New York State Medicaid

Important Medicaid Renewal Changes

Do you or a family member currently have health insurance through NYS Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or the Essential Plan? You may need to take action to renew your health insurance or the insurance of your family members.

Information on how to renew your health insurance can be found here.

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New York's Medicaid program provides comprehensive health coverage to more than 7.5 million New Yorkers (as of December 2023.) Medicaid pays for a wide-range of services, depending on your age, financial circumstances, family situation, or living arrangements. These services are provided through a large network of health care providers that you can access directly using your Medicaid card or through your managed care plan if you are enrolled in managed care. Some services may have small co-payments, which can be waived if you cannot afford them.

Use the link below to see which health insurance options are available to you, including if your income qualifies you for NYS Medicaid.

NYS Medicaid News

  • The State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald issued a statewide standing order that all New Yorkers who are pregnant, birthing, or postpartum would benefit from receiving doula services. This order is another step in expanding access to doula care and fulfills the requirement for a provider recommendation for services to be covered by Medicaid. - June 10, 2024
  • New York State Department of Health Continues Support of Doula Services (Web) - January 30, 2024

Visit the Medicaid News page for a repository of NYS Medicaid related news items.

Contact the NYS Medicaid Helpline

Toll Free: (800) 541-2831
Helpline Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM - 8:00 PM, Sat. 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Local Department of Social Services

Your Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) may be able to assist you in obtaining your health insurance coverage and/or provide you with information about other programs and benefits you may qualify. Find the contact information for your LDSS by following the link below.


Children under the age of 19 may be eligible for Child Health Plus.