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NC Department of Health and Human Services
NC Division of
Medical Assistance
NC Division of Medical Assistance - High quality health care through Medicaid and Health Choice for Children.

Who is Eligible - Aged, Blind & Disabled

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You may be eligible for Medicaid if you are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled. Eligibility for Medicaid is based on your family’s monthly income and the amount of resources you own. To receive Medicaid for the blind or disabled, you must be evaluated by a doctor.

Effective November 1, 2008, a disabled and/or blind individual may be able to go to work or increase their hours of work and still receive Medicaid through the Health Coverage for Workers with Disabilities Act.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income External link, you are eligible for North Carolina Medicaid. You do not need to apply.

When you apply for Medicaid, your family’s monthly income is calculated by subtracting certain deductions from your gross income.  Social Security, veteran’s benefits, wages, pensions and other retirement income are counted.  The deductions vary with each Medicaid program.  Your county worker will calculate your monthly family income.

Your monthly countable income cannot be more than these Income/Reserve Limits (Updated June 16, 2015)

Your resources may not be more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple. Resources include the following:

  • cash
  • bank accounts
  • retirement accounts
  • stocks and bonds
  • cash value of life insurance policies
  • other investments.

The value of your home, a car, home furnishing, clothing and jewelry are not counted.

If your family income and/or resources are over the limit and you have high medical bills, you may still qualify for Medicaid and have a Medicaid deductible.

Medicaid may also help pay for nursing homes and intermediate care facilities, as well as long-term care in the home.

If you think you may be eligible, see "How to Apply."

Learn more through the "Consumer Guide: Health Insurance Programs for the Aged, Blind and Disabled" (PDF, 1.9 MB) Ready NC Connect NC