What do I need to apply for Medicaid?

Question: What do I need when I apply for Medicaid

Since Medicaid is a federal and state funded program, you must show proof of ID, proof of residence and proof of income/resource statement.

  • 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 Social Security Administration (SSA) will verify your SSN, date of birth/age 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 proof of naturalization (e.g., Naturalization Certificate (N-550 or N-570) or a U.S. passport).
  • Proof of age (if not verified by SSA), like a birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship or immigration status
  • Four weeks of recent paycheck stubs (if you are working)
  • Proof of your income from sources like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veteran’s Benefits (VA), retirementUnemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB), Child Support payments
  • If you or anyone who lives with you is 65 years old or older, certified blind or disabled, you need to provide information on bank accounts, insurance policies and other resources.
  • Proof of where you live, like 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)

The more documents you bring, the better chance of getting approve for Medicaid health insurance.

For New York City residents, you can bring the documents to any local department of social services (LDSS).  They are located in all 5 NYC boroughs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.

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