Health Care
Applying for Medicaid in New Jersey
This information last reviewed: 10/26/2011

Where can I apply for Medicaid?

In New Jersey, you must apply for Medicaid through your county board of social services, often called the “county welfare agency.” First, you may want to use NJHelps, the state’s self-screening tool online to look at eligibility for many of the state’s assistance programs. You can also get information about Medicaid at the state’s official website.

However, you should still meet in person with a Medicaid worker, who should ask you about the help you need. The worker will evaluate you for all types of Medicaid and other assistance programs. Always call your county board of social services to ask for an appointment to apply for Medicaid and to check the address of the office taking Medicaid applications. In some cities and towns, the offices to apply for Medicaid, food stamps/SNAP, cash assistance, and other help may be in different buildings and locations.

Some New Jersey hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers have “outstation” workers who will process a shorter form of the Medicaid application for pregnant women and children. If you are not eligible for Medicaid because of your immigration status, please read Emergency Medicaid for Immigrants for information about Medicaid coverage for medical emergencies, including labor and delivery.

You have the right to an interpreter if you speak a language other than English, and you have the right to bring someone with you to help you with the application or to represent you during the application process. If you are bedridden, you may request that a Medicaid caseworker come to your home to take your application.

What proof do I have to show when I apply?

You must show proof of identity, residency, household income and, for some Medicaid programs, proof of disability and amount of resources. (Note: The home you reside in is not counted as a resource for Medicaid eligibility.) You also must show proof of citizenship status and provide your Social Security number. Household members who are not applying for Medicaid, including parents of children, do not have to furnish their Social Security numbers.

How long does it take?

Medicaid must process your application within a reasonable amount of time and give you a written explanation if there is a delay. You also have a right to a copy of your completed application if you ask for it. If you are determined eligible for Medicaid and you have unpaid medical bills from the three-month period immediately before the month of your Medicaid application, the State will pay for those services if you were eligible for Medicaid at the time of the service. This is called “retroactive eligibility,” and you must apply for this coverage within six months of the date of your Medicaid application.

What if Medicaid decides that I’m not eligible?

Medicaid must give you a written denial that describes the legal basis for Medicaid’s decision. This document must also inform you of your right to appeal this decision by requesting a fair hearing before an administrative law judge within 20 days of the date of the written denial. If you ask for a fair hearing, you have the right to see your case file, review the Medicaid manual that Medicaid used to make their decision, submit evidence, and bring witnesses to the fair hearing. You also have the right to hire legal counsel or to ask for free legal help from your regional Legal Services office if you are eligible for their assistance. You also have the right to appeal the judge’s decision if you do not agree with it.

Where can I get legal help if Medicaid denies me?

If you need legal help, you may contact your regional Legal Services office or the Legal Services of New Jersey statewide Hotline (1-888-576-5529) for free legal assistance. You will receive a referral if you are not eligible for help from Legal Services.

New Jersey County Boards of Social Services 

Counties

Hours

Phone

Atlantic County
1333 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401 

8:30-4:30

609-348-3001

Bergen County
216 Route 17 North
17 Park Office Center, Bldg. 8
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662 

8:15-4:15

201-368-4200

Burlington County
Human Service Facility
795 Woodlane Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060 

8:00-4:30

609-261-1000

Camden County
County Administration Bldg.
600 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08102 

8:30-4:30

856-225-8800

Cape May County
Social Services Bldg.
4005 Route 9 South
Rio Grande, NJ 08242 

8:30-4:30

609-886-6200

Cumberland County
275 North Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360 

8:30-4:30

856-691-4600

Essex County
Division of Welfare
18 Rector Street, 9th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102 

8:30-4:30

973-733-3000

Gloucester County
400 Hollydell Drive
Sewell, NJ 08080 

8:00-4:00

856-582-9200

Hudson County
257 Cornelison Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07302 

8:30-4:30

201-420-3000

Hunterdon County
Community Services Center
6 Gauntt Place
P.O. Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822 

8:30-4:30

908-788-1300

Mercer County
200 Wolverton Street
Trenton, NJ 08650 

8:30-4:30

609-989-4320

Middlesex County
181 How Lane
P.O. Box 509
New Brunswick, NJ 08903 

8:30-4:15

732-745-3500

Monmouth County
Kozloski Road
P.O. Box 3000
Freehold, NJ 07728 

8:30-4:30

732-431-6000

Morris County
Office of Temporary Assistance
340 West Hanover (Morris Township)
P.O. Box 900
Morristown, NJ 07963 

8:30-4:30

973-326-7800

Ocean County
1027 Hooper Avenue
P.O. Box 547
Toms River, NJ 08757 

8:30-4:30

732-349-1500

Passaic County
80 Hamilton Street
Paterson, NJ 07505 

8:30-4:30

973-881-0100

Salem County
147 S. Virginia Avenue
Penns Grove, NJ 08069 

8:30-4:00

856-299-7200

Somerset County
73 E. High Street
P.O. Box 936
Somerville, NJ 08876 

8:15-6:00

908-526-8800

Sussex County
83 Spring Street – Suite 203
P.O. Box 218
Newton, NJ 07860 

8:30-4:30

973-383-3600

Union County
342 Westminster Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208 

8:30-4:30

908-965-2700

Warren County
Court House Annex
501 Second Street
Belvidere, NJ 07823

8:30-4:30

908-475-6301