SI NY01730.101 (New York) Medicaid Eligibility - General
The New York title XIX Medicaid program provides medical assistance to individuals
who are "categorically needy" or "medically needy".
"Categorically needy" refers to individuals who receive cash assistance, i.e., Temporary
Aid to Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or whose income
and resources are below the standard to receive cash assistance.
"Medically needy" refers to an individual with income and/or resources too high to
permit eligibility for cash assistance, but insufficient to meet medical expenses.
Medically needy individuals may receive Medicaid during a month after they have incurred
or "spent-down" a pre-determined level of "surplus income" in medically related expenses.
Institutionalized individuals such as those in nursing homes may also be eligible
under this program.