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Dennis J. Nowak
Acting Commissioner
3085 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Phone: (631) 854-9930

Emergency Services (After 4:30 PM & Weekends, Holidays): (631) 854-9100 

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Applying for Medicaid Services


Effective January 1, 2014

There are significant changes to the way individuals and families apply for and receive health insurance in New York State.  A number of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act become effective in 2014. 

  • Most families and individuals must apply for health insurance (including Medicaid) through the New York State of Health program (also called the Health Exchange), either online, by telephone, or in-person through a Navigator or Certified Application Counselor. You can apply in the following ways:

            o Online at:

            o By Telephone: 1-855-355-5777

            o In person through one of the following Navigator agencies:

    • Nassau/Suffolk Hospital Council 631-656-9783
    • Community Health Advocates 888-614-5400
    • Public Health Solutions  646-632-5986

             o In person at the following DSS sites where Certified Application Counselors
                are available to assist consumers:


893 E. Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901-2542
Telephone: 631-852-3570
Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm  

200 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Telephone: 631-853-8408
Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm 

A personal interview is no longer required when you apply for Medicaid. You can request a conference to discuss your application when you drop it off at the appropriate Medicaid center or by calling the appropriate phone number below.

For Persons Requiring Care in a Nursing Home

Persons who require skilled Nursing Home care or intermediate care in an institution must call 631-854-5866 or 631-854-5895 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to request an application.

Completed applications can be mailed to:

P.O. Box 18100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Or dropped off at:

Meridian Plaza
3085 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, New York 11779
Telephone: 631-854-9700 - Receptionist

Persons applying for Medicaid who are disabled, aged or blind

Persons applying for Medicaid who are disabled, aged or blind must still complete an application and mail or bring it to the appropriate Suffolk County Department of Social Services office (See the Medicaid Site Zip Code Search for the center that services your area): 


All residents can mail their applications to:
Medicaid Eligibility Unit
P.O. Box 18100
Hauppauge, NY 11788


Residents of Western Suffolk can bring their applications to:
Smithtown DSS
200 Wireless Blvd.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Residents of Eastern Suffolk can bring their applications to:
Riverhead DSS
893 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Long Island’s population of aged, blind, and disabled now has access to local certified enrollers to help them apply for the appropriate public insurance/assistance program(s). The Consumer Assistance for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled program is overseen by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, which subcontracts with the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council to provide in-person application assistance at convenient locations throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties.  Click here for more information: 


    Changes to Case Information

    •Remember to advise all of your case workers of any changes to your case information.

    •Changes reported to the New York State of Health on the Health Exchange will not be shared with the local Departments of Social Services.

    •These changes can include adding or removing a household member, changes to income or address, etc.

    •Therefore, if you have a case with the Exchange and a SNAP or HEAP case, it is your responsibility to report the changes to all of the programs from which you receive assistance.