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Health, Disability & HIV+/AIDS

If you live with a chronic and/or critical illness or are facing other health challenges and are struggling to secure or keep health care services or income supports you need, our Health, Disability Advocacy and HIV+/AIDS Representation (H/ARP) units should be able to provide you with assistance or a referral.

How To Get Help

Call our Access to Benefits Helpline at 888-663-6880 for assistance with a Medicaid, Medicare or other coverage denial or a federal disability benefit (SSI or SSDI) appeal. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Call our H/ARP helpline at 718-579-8989 if you are a person living with HIV+/AIDS and need assistance with a legal matter.

Important Things To Know

Has your application for SSI or SSDI been denied? Do you need help with a notice of overpayment or recoupment?

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Has Medicaid/Medicare, and/or other insurance denied a medical service that your health care provider has recommended?

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Are you HIV+ and need assistance with a legal matter?

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Terms You Might Hear

The justice system can be overwhelming. Get familiar with some legal terms and acronyms you might hear like appeal, adjournment, petition, jurisdiction, deposition, and affidavit.

  • Adjournment – A temporary postponement of a case until a specified future time.
  • Appeal – When either a plaintiff or defendant (sometimes both) asks a higher court to consider a lower court judge's decision.
  • Attorney – A person admitted to practice law and authorized to perform criminal and civil legal functions on behalf of clients.
  • Beneficiary – Generally, a beneficiary is a person or entity who receives a profit, advantage, or benefit. For example, a person named to receive something in a will is a beneficiary under such will. Or refers to alien who has as a petitioner formally filing on their behalf to receive immigration benefits.
  • Child Health Plus – New York State's health insurance plan for children. You can apply for Child Health Plus through the New York State Health Marketplace.
  • Custody – The care, possession, and control of a thing or person.
  • DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. An American immigration policy that protects eligible immigrant youth who came to the U.S. when they were children from deportation and allows access to work permit.
  • Essential Plan – A new Insurance Affordability Program launched in 2016 that offers qualified individuals and families a choice of plans from high-quality private health insurers through the NY State of Heath.
  • Evidence – A form of proof or probative matter legally presented at the trial of an issue by the acts of the parties and through witnesses, records, documents, concrete objects, etc., for the purpose of inducing belief in the minds of the court or the jury.
  • Foster Care – A system in which a child lives with and is cared for by people who are not the child's parents for a period of time.
  • Hearing – A legal proceeding where an issue of law or fact is tried and evidence is presented to help determine the issue.
  • ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Lien – A claim on specific property for payment of a debt.
  • Managed Care Plan – Managed care plans are a type of health insurance. They have contracts with health care providers and medical facilities to provide care for members at reduced costs.
  • Medicaid – A health insurance program for low-income and individuals with disabilities. Jointly paid for by the federal and state government.
  • Medicare – A federal health insurance program for people over 65, receiving Social Security Disability, or with end-stage renal disease.
  • Notice of Hearing – Notice of hearing is a prepared legal document that invokes the parties to hear a motion. It can be filed by either party and specifies the name of the judge, the time of the hearing, and the name of the courthouse.
  • Order – An oral or written command or a direction from a judge.
  • Overpayment – The action of paying someone too much or an amount paid that is too much.
  • Parole – Early release of a prisoner who is then subject to continued monitoring as well as compliance with certain terms and conditions for a specified period.
  • Proceeding – A type of lawsuit. In Housing Court, a nonpayment proceeding seeks past-due rent; a holdover proceeding seeks possession of the premises.
  • Public Charge – An immigration law that can be basis for denying a non-citizen entry in the U.S., or for denying an application to adjust status if they are applying through a family member.
  • Representative Payee – A representative payee is a person or an organization. The Social Security Administration appoints a payee to receive Social Security or SSI benefits for anyone who can’t manage or direct the management of their benefits.
  • Social Security – A federal program that provides income, health insurance, and other benefits.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – A federal income supplement program designed to assist aged, blind, and disabled people with little to no income and to provide cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
  • T-VISA – An immigration visa allowing certain victims of human trafficking and immediate family members to remain and work in the U.S. temporarily.
  • TPS – Temporary Protective Status. Offers temporary legal status to certain immigrants in the United States who cannot return to their home country due to ongoing armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary reasons.
  • USCIS – United States Citizen and Immigration Services
  • Waive – To voluntarily give up a right. Examples include not enforcing the terms of a contract, or knowingly giving up a legal right such as a speedy trial.