Medical Assistance Program
Medicaid is health insurance for individuals who qualify financially under Federal guidelines. Medicaid includes insurance for medical, dental and optical care. Eligibility for this program is based on income and resources.
There are two ways for individuals 19 and up to get Medicaid: Fee-For-Service Medicaid and Managed Care Medicaid. Ulster County DSS also offers Child Health Plus A for Medicaid-eligible children under 19.
Ulster County is a mandatory managed care County. Managed care is designed to improve access to quality medical services. Although some people are exempt from enrolling due to special circumstances, most families must choose a health plan.
Depending on the level of eligibility, clients may receive assistance with doctor's visits, prescription medications, dental services, emergency medical services, in-patient hospital care, medical transportation, assistance paying for other health insurance programs and many other services necessary to keep individuals and families healthy.
Applicants for Medicaid are no longer required to have a face to face interview as part of the application process. Applications can now be mailed or hand delivered to the Ulster County Medicaid office.
Family Health Plus is a Medical Assistance Program for adults 19-64 with higher income guidelines than Medicaid that is similar to employer-based health insurance through a managed care organization. Child Health Plus B is available to children under 19 who are not Medicaid eligible. Call 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543) to determine whether your child is eligible for Child Health Plus B.
Applicants for Family Health Plus are no longer required to have a face to face interview as part of the application process. Applications can now be mailed or hand delivered to the Ulster County Medicaid office.Ulster County DSS also offers specialized programs: