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Medical Assistance

The Medical Assistance Program, or Medicaid, provides comprehensive medical insurance benefits to individuals who have very low income and property resources. It is funded by both the Federal and State governments.

You are eligible for Medical Assistance benefits if your income from wages, self-employment, or other sources such as unemployment or disability benefits, and your resources, personal property and real estate fall below limits set by State and Federal law. Household goods and your residence are not counted as resources. There are certain deductions allowed from income and resources including, most importantly, medical bills you owe or have been paying. Coverage under the different programs varies, and there are special programs with higher income limits to cover children. Receiving Medical Assistance does not create a lien against your home.

You apply for Medical Assistance at the Erie County Assistance Office, 1316 Holland Street, Erie. The telephone number is 461-2000 or 1-800-635-1014 or you can apply online at You can also see if you would qualify for this or other assistance programs by going to  4/11

If you need to consult with an attorney, please contact the Erie County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service.