Federal Assistance Programs

Food Stamps

Good health starts with good nutrition. If the rising cost of food prevents you and your family from enjoying a healthy diet, the Food Stamp program (funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) may be the answer. While you can investigate the Food Stamp Program onlineExternal Icon (SNAP) and download application forms, the quickest way to find out if you qualify for Food Stamp benefits is to call the toll-free New York State Temporary Assistance Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.


Full retirement and Medicare benefits are available at age 65, if you were born before 1938 and have at least ten years of qualifying work credits. (Eligibility rules vary slightly if you were born before 1929 or after 1938.) When you reach 65, your Medicare hospital benefits start automatically if you are already receiving Social Security payments. You must apply for Help with Prescription Drug CostsExternal Icon separately. If you are not yet receiving Social Security retirement benefits, you should sign up for Medicare as close to your 65th birthday as possible, even if you aren't ready to retire. Complete information on Social Security Retirement (including Medicare health benefits) can be found on the Social Security—Retirement BenefitsExternal Icon. You can even begin the application process onlineExternal Icon.

The online Benefit Eligibility Screening ToolExternal Icon can help you to determine which Social Security benefits (Medicare, Social Security Disability, or Supplemental Security Income) you might qualify for. Those who are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits may also qualify for Medicare benefits. Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments often qualify to receive Medicaid health benefits.

You can contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm. This is a toll-free call. You may also visit or call the local Binghamton officeExternal Icon.

Veterans Benefits

Veterans may be eligible for primary care services at the community-based Outpatient Clinic in BinghamtonExternal Icon and/or the Syracuse VA Medical CenterExternal Icon.

Binghamton Syracuse
Binghamton Outpatient Clinic
Garvin Building
425 Robinson Street
607 772-9100
Monday through Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Syracuse VA Medical Center
800 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
315 425-4400
Toll-Free: 1-800-792-4334
Fax: 315 425-4375