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Cancer Screening

The Onondaga County Cancer Services Program offers free breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to uninsured residents of Onondaga County. The Cancer Services Program can provide breast cancer screenings for women over the age of 40, colorectal cancer screenings for men and women over the age of 50, and cervical cancer screenings for women over the age of 40. Screening services are provided at local doctors offices. Call 315.435.3653 today to see if you are eligible for a free breast, colorectal or cervical cancer screening.


Family Planning

Family Planning Service provides complete physical examinations, laboratory tests, pregnancy tests, birth control, counseling, and more. There is a sliding fee scale available and Family Planning Service can help pay for your care. Even if you are enrolled in a Medicaid managed care program, you can receive services at Family Planning clinics with no referral. If Medicaid covered you for your last pregnancy, you may be eligible for two additional years of Family Planning coverage even if you no longer have Medicaid. You may apply for the Family Planning Benefit Program to qualify for free services. Call 315.435.3295 for information about clinic schedules and appointments.


No Health Insurance? Need Help?

Did you know that you can now shop around for health insurance? The “NY State of Health” is the health insurance marketplace (exchange) for New Yorkers. You can shop, compare, and enroll in a low-cost, quality health insurance plan. It is the only place you can receive financial assistance (based on income) to lower health care costs even more.

Starting in 2014, health insurance companies cannot discriminate by charging more or denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. This applies to insurance coverage purchased both through the marketplace and outside of the marketplace.

Individuals called “Navigators” are available to help you apply for health insurance.
If you live in Onondaga County, call:

  • ACR Health: 315.475.2430
  • HealtheConnections: 315.470.1847
  • Syracuse Northeast Community Center: 315.472.6343
  • Syracuse Salvation Army: 315.479.1382

The enrollment deadline for January 1, 2015 healthcare coverage through the NY State of Health (NYSOH) Marketplace has been extended to December 20, 2014.

If you have a qualifying event after December 20, 2014 such as loss of a job, or are Medicaid or Child Health Plus eligible, you may apply any time. If you are not sure about eligibility, call a navigator.

To learn more about the “NY State of Health”:

  • Visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov
  • Call the Help Line toll free at 855.355.5777
    TTY: 800.662.1220
    Monday – Friday, 8 am - 8 pm
    Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm

Pregnant? You may get insured now-
You can apply for Presumptive Medicaid by calling 315.420.7350 or 315.435.2000.

If you need a pregnancy test, you may get tested and apply for Presumptive Medicaid by calling:

  • Family Planning Service at 315.435.3295 (three sites; walk-in hours available)
  • Planned Parenthood at 315.475.5540, ext. 216.

Click here to download a pdf version of a flyer with this information.

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