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Onondaga County Health Department is nationally accredited and meets rigorous public health standards necessary to best serve the needs of our community.

No Health Insurance? Limited Coverage?



No Health Insurance? Need Help?

Did you know that you can shop around for health insurance? NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace, is where New Yorkers can shop for, compare, and enroll in health insurance coverage. You have a choice of health plans and help finding the plan that is right for you. It’s the only place to get financial assistance to reduce the cost of coverage. Health insurance offered in the Marketplace includes a comprehensive set of benefits.

EXTENDED! NY State of Health is currently open for enrollment through the end of 2020 because of hardships faced by New Yorkers due to the Novel Coronavirus. Many New Yorkers will qualify for Medicaid, Child Health Plus or the Essential Plan due to loss of income/employment or reduced wages. Those qualifying for these public programs can enroll year-round.


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


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-

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

  • Family Planning Service at 315.435.3295 (two sites; walk-in hours available)
  • Planned Parenthood at 315.475.5540, option 1

Medicare Eligible?

The Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) can answer questions and help you access all parts of Medicare and Medigap supplemental plans as well as money saving programs including EPIC and Medicaid.

  • Onondaga County Office for Aging: 315.435.2362

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.


Vaccines and Immunizations
Are your children up to date with their shots? The Onondaga County Health Department Immunization Clinic provides shots to children two months of age up to their 19th birthday. Parents or legal guardians must come to clinic and stay with their children. The Clinic can also provide the MMR vaccination to adults at least 18 years old when it is required by their school or college. Flu vaccination is available seasonally. If you have any questions regarding your availability to receive vaccines at Onondaga County Immunization Clinic, please call 315.435.2000

COVID-19 UPDATE: No walk-ins are allowed at this time, and the number of appointments will be very limited. Please call 315.435.2000 to make an appointment. 


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.

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