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New Medicaid Application Form (2010/updated 2015) in New York State for Age 65+ or Disabled or Blind - New Supp A NYC 2021

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Posted: 17 Jun, 2010
by Valerie Bogart (New York Legal Assistance Group)
Updated: 07 Jan, 2021
by Valerie Bogart (New York Legal Assistance Group)

Since  2010, the New York State Department of Health  Medicaid application form  is called the  Access NY Application or form DOH-4220.  Download the form at this link  (As of January 2021, the form was last updated in March 2015).   

  • For those age 65+ or who are disabled or blind, a second form is also required - Supplement A  - As of Jan. 2021 the same Supplement A form is used statewide - DOH-5178A (English).  NYC applicants should no longer use DOH-4220.   
  • See more information here about Jan. 2021 changes for NYC applicants regarding Supplement A. 

  • This supplement collects information about the applicant's current resources and past resources (for nursing home coverage).  

Do not use the DOH-4220 application  for Medicaid applicants in the MAGI category (generally those under age 65 or, if younger and disabled, not receiving Medicare).  All MAGI applicants should go through the NYS Health Benefits Exchange to apply for Medicaid.  They can contact a Navigator  or Community Health Advocates for assistance.  

All local districts in New York State are required to accept the revised DOH-4220 for non-MAGI Medicaid applicants (Aged 65+, Blind, Disabled)   (including for coverage of long-term care services), Medicare Savings Program, the Medicaid Buy-In Program fr Working People with Disabilities

The DOH-4220 - Access NY Health Care  application can be used for  all Medicaid benefits -- including for those who want to apply for coverage of Medicaid long-term care -- whether through home care or for those in a nursing home  (with the addition of the Supplement A form, described below). 

Applicants who only want a Medicare Savings Program (MSP) may continue to use the MSP-only application (and this is recommended).  Districts must also continue to accept the LDSS-2921, although it only makes sense to use this when someone is applying for both Medicaid and some other public benefit covered by the Common Application, such as the income benefits such as Safety Net Assistance.

 See this article for more about these different Medicaid categories, and these charts of the different rules for counting income and resources for the different categories.

There are several other online resources relating to the new application  - check here for changes



This article was authored by the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program of New York Legal Assistance Group.


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item Income and Resource Limits for New York State Public Health Insurance Programs
item When Documentation of Resources and Income is Required for Medicaid Applications & Renewals - and When is "Attestation" Enough?
item Where to Apply for Medicaid and Medicaid Home Care in New York City
item Child Health Plus in New York: A Program Primer
item Elimination of resource test for adults in Family Health Plus and many adults in Medicaid
item Nursing Home Medicaid Coverage - Basic Financial Eligibility Rules about Income, Resources, and Spousal Protections
item Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) in New York
item Medicaid Resource and Income Disregards
item Financial maintenance requirements at application and renewal
item Delays in Processing of Medicaid Applications - What are Your Rights and Lawsuits Challenging Delays
item Medicaid & MSP: Must apply for Social Security and Enroll in Medicare
item "MAGI" Medicaid Eligibility under the Affordable Care Act - Rules for Most People Under age 65 Without Medicare
item Know Your Rights: NYLAG Webinars on Medicare and Medicaid -

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