Program DescriptionMedicaid is a health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people paid with federal, state, and county dollars. It covers more than 1 million people in our state, including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled, and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments. North Carolina Medicaid includes Baby Love for prenatal and infant health care, Health Check for children up to age 21, Carolina ACCESS for managed care, and community alternatives to provide home and community care as a cost-effective alternative to institutionalization. Covered individuals are elderly or disabled individuals, children and their parents, persons needing long-term care and some Medicare recipients.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Carolina, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, be responsible for children under 19 years of age, or be 65 years of age or older.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessFor more information, see the Program Contact Information below.
Program Contact Information
Hearing impaired callers can dial (TTY): 1-877-452-2514
Medicaid home page: http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dma/home.htm
Apply at your local department of social services: http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/local
NC CARE-LINE Information and Referral Service (in NC only): 1-800-662-7030
In the Raleigh area or outside of North Carolina, call: 919-855-4400
Application directions are available at: http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dma/apply.htm
An eligibility summary is available at: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dma/medicaid/who.htm