North Carolina Medicaid

Information on North Carolina Medicaid Program

North Carolina Medicaid provides medical coverage to eligible needy persons for North Carolina residents.  The purpose of Medicaid in North Carolina is to improve the health of people in North Carolina who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their children..  Medicaid is both funded by the Federal and State cooperative working together.

Primary health services funded through Medicaid are physician, hospital and long term care. Additional medical coverage includes drugs/prescriptions, medical equipment and transportation, family planning, laboratory tests, x-rays and other medical services.

The mission of the program is to improve the health of North Carolina residents by:

  • Emphasizing health prevention
  • Promoting continuity of health care
  • Providing a medical home for Medicaid recipients
  • Ensuring that each recipient can receive high quality, comprehensive health care services within the recipient’s community

Do You Qualify for Medicaid North Carolina?

To qualify for Medicaid North Carolina :

  • you must be a resident of the state of North Carolina
  • a US 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, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19,
  • blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.


North Carolina Medicaid Application Process:

Apply at your local department of social services:
NC CARE-LINE Information and Referral Service (in NC only):800-662-7030
In the Raleigh area or outside of North Carolina, call:919-855-4400
Application directions are available at:

For more information on North Carolina Medicaid:

please contact the Health Benefits Hotline at 1-800-662-7030

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