Legal Aid Society


City Burdens Low-Income New Yorkers with Unnecessary Medicaid Inquires

Every year, hundreds of low-income New Yorkers are called into the New York City Human Resources Administration over income or residency discrepancies related to their Medicaid benefits, and fined up to thousands of dollars for alleged Medicaid abuse. Legal Aid’s Health Law Unit represents many of these individuals who are facing insurmountable debt for allegedly receiving improper Medicaid benefits — often on unsubstantial grounds.

“We certainly see a lot of cases where the person is eligible or eligible for part of the time, where it seems like it’s a very uninformed investigation. The consequence on the back end is so devastating,” Rebecca Antar Novick, Supervising Attorney in our Health Law Unit tells POLITICO New York.

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