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Medicaid

New York State Medicaid program is administered and funded by New York State and the federal government.   You can apply through the New York State of Health Marketplace or locally through the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services. 

Apply in the New York State of Health Marketplace if you are: 

  • Age 19 – 64 (not pregnant), not eligible for Medicare
  • Applying for children ages 0 – 18
  • Parents or caretaker relatives of a child

Apply through the Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services if you are:

  • Age 65 and older (not parents or caretaker relatives)
  • Enrolled in Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities enrollees
  • Former foster care youth
  • Resident of adult homes and nursing homes
  • Resident of treatment center/community residences operated by the Office of Mental Health (OMH) 
  • Applying for AIDS Health Insurance Program (AHIP) or Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program
  • Applying for Medicare Savings Program (MSP)
  • Your eligibility is based on being blind or disabled or you request coverage for community based long term care (DBLTC) services; including those individuals with an immediate need for Personal Care Services (PCS) or Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS)

How do I apply?

Applications can be found online on the NYS Department of Health website

If you apply at one of our Department of Community and Family Services locations, you will need the following documents:

  • If you are a U.S. citizen (born in the U.S. or one of its territories) and provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN), a match with the Social Security Administration (SSA) will verify your SSN, date of birth, and U.S. citizenship. If SSA verifies this information, no further proof is needed. The SSA match cannot verify birth information for a naturalized citizen. You will need to submit proof of naturalization (e.g., Naturalization Certificate (N-550 or N-570) or a U.S. passport. 
  • Proof of citizenship or immigration status
  • Proof of age (if not verified by SSA), like a birth certificate
  • Four weeks of recent paycheck stubs (if you are working)
  • Proof of your income from sources like Social Security, Veteran’s Benefits (VA), retirement benefits, Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB), Child Support payments
  • If you are age 65 or older, or certified blind or disabled, and applying for nursing home care waivered services, or other community based long term care services, you need to provide information on bank accounts, insurance policies and other resources
  • Proof of where you live, such as a rent receipt, landlord statement, mortgage statement, or envelope from mail you received recently
  • Insurance benefit card or the policy (if you have any other health insurance)
  • Medicare Benefit Card (the red, white, and blue card)

Note: Medicaid coverage is available, regardless of alien status, if you are pregnant or require treatment for an emergency medical condition and you meet all other Medicaid eligibility requirements. 

To learn more

Contact

  • 845-486-3000
  • 845-486-3090
  • Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS)
    60 Market Street
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Monday - Friday, 9 am-5:00 pm
    (Doors open at 8:30am)

Additional DCFS Locations

Only paperwork is accepted on Wednesdays for  Temporary Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, and HEAP  (No in-person client interviews)