Modified: March 2, 2018 11:26am

Latest News

  • New pilot program will be first of its kind in NYS outside New York City


    Area restaurants will be added to senior dining program; allows participating seniors to choose a venue and meal each day

    October 17, 2018 1:51pm
  • Dual Port station at Chestnut Ridge will provide free electric car charging

    October 16, 2018 3:10pm
  • Plan is intended to establish a framework for preservation, enhancement of existing system


    Public comment period follows stakeholder meetings at county parks, Parks User Survey  

    October 16, 2018 9:32am
  • Balanced 2019 proposal includes property tax rate cut of 2%, largest decrease in over a decade


    Enhances public health, senior protections; preserves and strengthens the People’s Mandates  


    Funding for SUNY Erie, libraries, arts & cultural groups, public art would increase; proposal also includes $32 million for road & bridge investments, $3.2 million for capital improvements in Parks

    October 12, 2018 12:45pm
  • Poloncarz, Higgins announce grants from U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


    Funding to be used to support existing Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force projects,

     implement Probation Opioid Response Initiative, Opioid Overdose Review Board


    October 9, 2018 3:42pm

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Medicaid recipients in Erie County will shortly begin to receive notices regarding a new way to renew their Medicaid coverage. These notices will come from the New York State of Health, and will inform recipients that “You and/or members of your household need to renew your coverage through NY State of Health.”


The letters describe what steps the recipient needs to take to continue to have health coverage. Failure to act will result in the loss of health insurance after Medicaid ends. Should recipients have questions about the information in the letter, they may contact 1-855-355-5777.  Letters from the New York State of Health will go out monthly between March 2018 and February 2019.


Letter recipients will also receive a notice from the Erie County Department of Social Services informing them that eligibility for Medicaid coverage must now be determined by New York’s health plan marketplace, NY State of Health, for the individuals specified in the letter. The County letter will inform the recipient of how long the current Medicaid coverage will last, and will alert them to look for the letter from the New York State of Health. The County letter will also include the number to call with questions, 1-855-355-5777.


Only Medicaid recipients who receive letters from NY State of Health or notices from Erie County are affected by the transition to the health insurance marketplace.


Please direct questions to Brian Bray, Special Assistant to the Commissioner, ECDSS at (716) 858-8924 or via email at .




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