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Medicaid - Introduction


This section was developed for individuals and their advocates who are receiving New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (NYS OPWDD) services and have questions pertaining to Medicaid.

Please note:  If you are an individual that is not receiving NYS OPWDD services and have Medicaid questions, you need to contact your local Department of Social Services (DSS) Office for assistance.  You can find DSS contact information by going to the NYS Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA) website at

Medicaid is a health insurance program for people with low income. It provides coverage for children; people who are aged (65 or older), blind, and/or disabled; and other people who are eligible to receive medical assistance. In New York State, under an agreement between SSA and the New York State Department of Health (DOH), SSI beneficiaries are also eligible for Medicaid. 

Most OPWDD Services are funded through Medicaid, including a special Medicaid Waiver called the Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Waiver.