In 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul relented and gave the green light to expand Medicaid to cover undocumented immigrants 65 and older. The state’s Department of Health launched the program last month after a year-long delay.
For years, advocates have pushed the state to expand its low-cost health insurance to cover undocumented immigrants, who experts say make up the majority of New York’s uninsured.
So for several legislative sessions, state lawmakers have introduced—and sometimes advanced—different versions of so-called “Coverage for All” bills, which would make low-income undocumented persons between the ages of 19 and 64 eligible for the government’s essential health plans .
The bill passed in the Assembly in the last legislative session and will be reintroduced this year. Its supporters, members of the Coverage4All coalitionwill head to Albany Monday to rally outside the Capitol building in support of its passage.
In 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul relented and gave the green light to a more limited change: expanding Medicaid to undocumented immigrants 65 and older. The state Department of Health (DOH) was supposed to launch the program on Jan. 1, 2023, but pushed that back a year.
City Limits created this guide on how undocumented seniors can apply for the new option, which opened to applicants last month.
What are the requirements and steps for enrollment?
To be eligible, individuals must be 65 or older and be below the Medicaid income threshold, or within 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Line (for example, $20,121 for a one-person household or $27,214 for a two-person household).
Residents who live in the city can enroll by visiting a Human Resources Administration (HRA) office; applicants in other parts of the state should go to a Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) site. The application does not have to be done in