Department of Health, New York
The purpose of the Department of Health is to ensure appropriate, quality health services are available to New York State residents. Department responsibilities include supervising public health activities; ensuring quality and cost effective medical care; reducing infectious diseases; directing emergency preparedness initiatives for public health threats; and interacting with Federal and local governments, health care providers, and program participants for the State’s Medicaid program.
Recommended appropriations for the Department for 2010-2011 totaled $58,714,735,123. 2009-2010 appropriations totaled $56,537,724,958.
The Department is responsible for administering Medicaid services in New York. In 2010-2011, the program grew to $53.2 billion. As of 2010,4,618,379 persons were eligible for Medicaid benefits. Medicaid expenditures for January 2010 - March 2010 totaled $10,525,420,265 and the program served an average of 3,853,061 beneficiaries per month.
The Child Health Plus program serves children up to age 19 who do not qualify for Children's Medicaid. The Department's funds for 2010 allows for service to nearly 400,000 children.
The Family Health Plus program provides health insurance coverage to low-income adults who do not qualify for other programs such as Medicaid. The program serves approximately 383,000 adults.
Information regarding the Freedom of Information Law is available on the Department website.