Eligibility for Medicaid or Health Choice

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Your county Division of Social Services (DSS) caseworker will help determine if you are eligible for Medicaid or Health Choice. Eligibility depends on your age, health needs, income and resources.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Medicaid or Health Choice may be available to people who are:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Blind or disabled
  • Infants and children under the age of 21
  • Low-income individuals and families
  • In need of long-term care
  • Receiving Medicare

You also must:

  • Be a US citizen or provide proof of eligible immigration status (individuals only applying for emergency services are not required to provide documentation of immigration status)
  • Live in North Carolina, and provide proof of residency
  • Have a Social Security number or have applied for one

You are automatically eligible for Medicaid if you receive any of the following:

Income and Resource Eligibility Requirements

Medicaid and Health Choice are for low-income beneficiaries. Your DSS caseworker will calculate your total income and resources to determine eligibility. For basic information on income and resource requirements:


NCDHHS Customer Service Center
Phone: 800-662-7030

NC Health Choice
Phone: 800-753-3224

Local Division of Social Services Directory