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This website is operated by NYMMA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and advancing information about compassionate care treatments available through New York’s Compassionate Care Act.  The website is purely educational and aims to help individuals make informed decisions about compassionate care treatments.

Qualifying for a Medical Card

There are two general ways to qualify for a medical card to obtain alternative treatments available through New York’s Compassionate Care Program. 

1. Chronic Pain or PTSD

If you have one of these conditions lasting longer than 3 months and they have not responded to regular treatment you may qualify.

2. A Qualifying Symptom & Condition 

Having a qualifying symptom and related condition also may qualify you to obtain a medical card and compassionate care treatment.


 Two Ways to Qualify for a Medical Card in New York

1) If you have one of the following conditions that have not responded to regular treatments:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Painful Muscle Spasms
  • PTSD

2) If you have one of the following symptoms and a related condition that has not responded to conventional treatment:

One Qualifying Symptom

  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome (weight loss)
  • Non-painful Muscle Spasms or spasticity

AND One related condition 

  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease*
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Epilepsy
  • ALS

  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Huntington’s disease

AvatarAbout the Author: Dr. Michael Morgenstern is a double board certified neurologist and expert on alternative treatments available through the NY Compassionate Care Program. He is founder of NYMMA and has helped hundreds of patients with compassionate care treatments in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. This website is part of a non-profit, the NYMMA that is set up to educate you about compassionate care treatments. It does not provide any services or products. Click here to learn more about our organization or feel free to contact us by email or phone.

The NYMMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and advancing compassionate care treatment in New York. NYMMAs aims to:

  • Increase awareness about compassionate care treatments
  • Publish content to inform patients about the benefits and risks of compassionate care
  • Educate physicians about the best practices for compassionate care
  • Collaborate with other groups to create publications that help patients, physicians and organizations to navigate complex rules and regulations related to compassionate care

Contact Us: We can be reached by phone, text or email.

Phone: (646) 598-4571