State Assistance Programs

Free & low cost health insurance screenings are available at the Free Clinic most Monday and Thursday evenings.


Medicaid is a program for New Yorker residents who can't afford to pay for medical care.

Family Planning Benefits Program

Individuals who exceed income limitations for Medicaid may still qualify for the Family Planning Benefits Program. FPBP is a program for New Yorkers who need family planning services, but may not be able to afford them. This program is intended to increase access to family planning services and to enable individuals of childbearing age to prevent or reduce the incidence of unintentional pregnancies.

Family Health Plus

Family Health Plus is a public health insurance program for adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who have no health insurance, and have income or resources too high to qualify for the Medicaid program. Single adults, couples without children, and parents with limited income who are residents of New York State and are United States citizens or fall under one of many immigration categories may be eligible for this program. Family Health Plus provides comprehensive coverage, including prevention, primary care, hospitalization, prescriptions and other services. There are minimal co-payments for some Family Health Plus services. Health care is provided through participating managed care plans in your area.

Child Health Plus

Call this toll-free number: 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543) to determine your Child Health Plus eligibility. (If you are hearing impaired, call the TTY number, 1-877-898-5849.) You can apply for Child Health Plus A coverage at your local Department of Social Services. If your income is above Child Health Plus A levels, you can enroll with a Child Health Plus B insurer directly.

Each insurer offers health care through many providers. The insurer will send you an application and give you a list of providers in your area.

If you would like someone to assist you in applying for either Child Health Plus A or Child Health Plus B, there are enrollers in your community who can help. These enrollers will help you fill out the application, collect the necessary documents, and select a health plan. In some cases, assistance is available during evenings and weekends.

Enrollment Assistance in Broome County

Broome County Department of Social Services
Phone: 607 778-8850

Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network of SCNY, Inc
Phone: 800 231-0744