Don't let a lack of health insurance prevent you from getting the care that you need. There are several options available that can make your medical care more affordable.
The Affordable Care Act requires that many people be insured or pay a penalty, beginning in 2014.
Beginning October 1, 2013, you will be able to enroll either online, by phone, or by mailing or faxing a paper application.
Medicaid is a program for New York State residents who cannot afford to pay for medical care. People may be covered by Medicaid if they have high medical bills, receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or if they meet certain income, resource, age or disability requirements.
For more information, contact your county’s Department of Social Services.
If you are a patient at a Catholic Health primary care center listed below, our Medicaid advocates will assist you in submitting your application. We ask that our patients apply for Medicaid with us, as we are able to track the status of your application and obtain emergency medication, if needed.
When you come in for your first appointment, our advocate will walk you through the application process, from beginning to end. Once the application is complete, the advocate will deliver the application in downtown Buffalo for you.
This service is available at:
For patients of Springville OB/GYN Center: if you are eligible for Medicare, we will refer you to our Medicare advocate at the Mercy OB/GYN Center to complete your application.
Child Health Plus is a health insurance plan for children under the age of 19. Children must be residents of New York State. There are two programs: Child Health Plus A or Child Health Plus B. Family income will determine which program a child may qualify for.
Children who are not eligible for Child Health Plus A can enroll in Child Health Plus B if they do not already have health insurance and are not eligible for coverage under the public employees’ state health benefits plan. For more information call (800) 698-4543.
Family Health Plus is a public health insurance program for adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who do not have health insurance – either on their own or through their employers – but have incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid.
Family Health Plus is available to single adults, couples without children, and parents with limited income. Members must be resident of New York State and United States citizens, or fall under one of many immigration categories. For information, call (877) 9FH-PLUS or (877) 934-7587.
If you are uninsured, Fidelis representatives can help you apply for Fidelis in the waiting room of one our primary care centers. If Fidelis representatives are not available on the day of your visit, we can refer you to a representative to arrange for a visit.
This service is available at:
Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) is a New York State-sponsored prescription plan for senior citizens who need help paying for their prescriptions.
New York State residents can join EPIC if they are 65 or older and meet income requirements.
EPIC members will be required to pay fees, deductibles, or co-payments. Seniors who receive full Medicaid benefits or have other prescription coverage that is better than EPIC are not eligible. EPIC will not pay for medication dispensed by a Catholic Health pharmacy.
For an application, call (800) 332-3742.
Call (716) 601-3600 and ask for one of our financial counseling representatives. They will treat your questions with confidentiality and courtesy.