Health Care Benefits: Am I eligible?

In New Jersey, the Medicaid program provides health care benefits for some low-income people. If you gain custody of children under 18 when you are released, you may qualify if you are; single, head of house and unemployed, or existing earnings are not enough to support the household Other eligibility requirements include low-income status, over age 65, blindness, or inability to work due to a disability.

If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for health care benefits through the Veterans Administration, which provides a “Medical Benefits Package” for enrolled veterans. You may call 877-222-VETS for more information about eligibility and applying for benefits.
If you are HIV+ or have AIDS, you may also be eligible for the AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP), which provides help paying for HIV/AIDS medication for people who do not have other ways of paying. You can apply for this program before you are released.Contact the Aids Drug Distribution Program at (609) 588-7038 or toll free (877) 613-4533 , Mon-Fri 8am-5pm to apply.
Easter Seals New Jersey provides information, referrals and loans of medical equipment (including wheelchairs) to people in need. For information call (732) 257-6662.

If you are disabled and are applying for SSI, you will also be screened for Medicaid at that time. If you qualify for General Assistance benefits, you will get some very basic health care benefits through Medicaid (Plan G). Medicaid is a separate program from GA or TANF, so you don’t have to be eligible for those benefits to qualify for Medicaid. For questions about Medicaid eligibility, or to apply for Medicaid in Mercer County go to:

Mercer County Board of Social Services
200 Woolverton St.
P.O. Box 1450
Trenton, NJ 08650
609.989.4320 or 1-800-564-1595
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 8:30 am – 8:30 pm