Department of Social Services
6 Judson Street
Canton, New York 13617

Phone: (315) 379-2111
Fax: (315) 379-2278

Chris Rediehs, Commissioner

 

Medical Assistance
Medical Services

Contact Person:
Heather Wenzel, Medical Services Supervisor
St.Lawrence County Department of Social Services
(315) 379-2105

Brief Description of Medical Assistance:

Medical Assistance is a program for residents of St. Lawrence County who cannot afford to pay for medical care and meet certain financial requirements. 

The program provides for financial reimbursement of physicians, dentist, inpatient, outpatient, and clinic services, long term care services of nursing facilities, community-based home care services, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative services.

Some individuals who apply for health insurance, including Medicaid, are now required to apply on the New York State of Health website.  Others may continue to fill out an Access NY Health Care Application and mail, or bring the paper application in to our 6 Judson Street Canton office.

For assistance in determining how you should apply for health insurance, including Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, advanced premium tax credits, and cost sharing reductions, or if you would like to make an appointment for assistance with applying for insurance on the New York State of Health website, you can contact us at:

Medicaid Office:  (315) 379-2119

Link to the Access NY Application:  http://www.health.ny.gov/forms/doh-4220all.pdf

To apply for health insurance through the New York State of Health, you can call or fill out an online application: 

New York State of Health website:  http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov

New York State of Health:  1-855-355-5777  TTY:  1-800-662-1200

There are several community agencies with staff that are trained as Navigators that can assist applicants with applying for health insurance, including Medicaid, on the New York State of Health website, and with comparing and choosing a health insurance plan.  They are:

The Health Initiative:  (315) 261-4760 x222

ACR Health:  (315) 386-4493 x172

CP of the North Country:  (315) 386-8191 x1211

You can also recieve help to apply for health insurance, including Medicaid, by making an appointment with a Facilitated Enroller/Certified Application Counselor.  These individuals can assist you to apply for health insurance on the New York State of Health website, or to apply for Medicaid by filling out an Access NY Health Care application.  A Facilitated Enroller/Certified Application Counselor may have hours or a location that are more convenient for you.  Some offer in-home assistance for individuals that are not able to access a community site.  They are:

Fidelis:  1-888-343-3547

United Healthcare:  (315) 408-6067

If you are already enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care, and have questions regarding changing plans or which providers participate with the plan you are enrolled in, there are staff located at our 6 Judson Street Canton office that can assist you in person, or by phone:

New York State Medicaid Choice:  (315) 379-2204 or (315) 379-2212

Community Medicaid eligibility questions can be directed to:
Heather Wenzel, Medical Services Supervisor
St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
(315) 379-2105

Brief Description of Medical Services:

Medical Services provides services such as housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing, toileting, and grooming. 

This program is available through Medicaid, private payment, and some health insurers.

For a person to receive services, his or her doctor must send a completed Physician's Order to the local social services district, which then arranges a social and nursing assessment of the individual.  A nurse assessor uses the results of the assessments, together with the physician's order, to recommend an appropriate amount, frequency and duration of services.

Available services are:

  • Personal Care Aides
  • Home Health Aides
  • Household Chore Services

Personal Care and medical eligibility questions can be directed to:
Penny Blandin, Community Health Services Coordinator
St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
(315) 379-2185

Nursing Home and financial eligibility questions can be directed to:
Debbie Lasher, Principal Social Welfare Examiner
St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services
(315) 379-2189





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