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How to Enroll


  1. See if you’re eligible 
    To see if you’re eligible for New York Medicaid, visit the New York State of Health website and click “What do I need to apply for Medicaid?” The New York State of Health will determine what program you are eligible for based on the information you provide on your application. If you’re eligible, you can apply for Medicaid benefits directly on the New York State of Health website.

    You may be eligible for Medicaid if:
    • You live in one of these counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Orleans or Wyoming.
    • You have high medical bills.
    • You receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — see below.*
    • You meet certain income, resource, age or disability requirements.
      *If you receive SSI, you automatically receive Medicaid without the need to apply
  2. Enroll

    Once approved for Medicaid, you can enroll with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York by going to the NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace website.

    Need help enrolling?
    Call 1-844-885-1004

  3. Check your mail
    Once enrolled in BlueCross BlueShield, we will send you a welcome packet with your member handbook and other helpful information about your plan. You will receive your Medicaid membership ID card in a separate mailing.

Three easy steps to apply and choose BlueCross BlueShield

  1. See if you're eligible
    Visit the New York Medicaid website to check your eligibility.
  2. Enroll
    Visit the NY State of Health,
    the Official Health Plan Marketplace website.
    Need help enrolling?
    Call 1-844-855-1004
  3. Check your mail
    BlueCross BlueShield will send you a welcome packet and your Medicaid member ID card in two separate mailings.