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Medicaid Identification (MID) Card

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Your caseworker will mail you a notice to tell you if your application for Medicaid was approved.

When you are approved for Medicaid, you will receive a Medicaid Identification (MID) card in the mail. You will only receive one Medicaid identification card each year. The card is gray. The card contains your name, address, date of birth, and Medicaid indentification number.

If you are enrolled in Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), also known as Carolina ACCESS (CA), the name, address and phone number for your Carolina ACCESS doctor (medical home) are printed on your card.

Sign the Medicaid identification card when you receive it. You must present your card to your doctor, druggist or other Medicaid providers at each visit so that they can verify your eligibility. If you or your family members do not show your cards to the person treating you, that person will not know that you are receiving Medicaid. You may then have to pay the full cost of the treatment or medication.

If your eligibility stops, keep the Medicaid identification card in case you become eligible again. You will normally receive one card per year as long as you remain eligible. However, if your name or your primary care doctor changes, you will receive a new Medicaid identification card with the updated information.

If you lose your Medicaid card, call your caseworker at local County Department of Social Services (DSS) to request a replacement card.


MID Card

The following information appears on the annual Medicaid identification (MID) card:

  • Beneficiary Name, Date of Birth, and Address – the name and address of the head of the household and the name and date of birth of the beneficiary
  • Recipient Medicaid Identification (MID) Number – the beneficiary’s unique Medicaid number consisting of 9-digits and 1 alpha character
  • Community Care of North Carolina/Carolina ACCESS Enrollee – If the beneficiary is enrolled with a CCNC/CA primary care provider (PCP), the PCP name, address, daytime and after-hours contact numbers are listed on the card
  • Managed Care Organization/Local Management Entity – Beginning in April 2012, the Medicaid card for new recipients and the updated annual card for current recipients now includes the name of each recipient’s LME-MCO based upon Medicaid county of eligibility.
  • Signature – The beneficiary must sign the MID card where indicated

The card lists the name of the case head on the left side of the card and the name of the eligible beneficiary on the right side of the card. Each eligible beneficiary has a specific beneficiary MID number. A beneficiary is eligible for Medicaid only if his or her name and MID number are listed on the right side of the card.

If the beneficiary is a Carolina ACCESS enrollee, the provider must verify that the primary care provider listed on the beneficiary’s MID card is current and correct and contact the health plan to obtain referral and authorization before providing treatment. Refer to Carolina ACCESS Referrals and Authorizations in Section 6. Managed Care Programs, for additional information on managed care referrals.

The county DSS office can request a replacement MID card for the beneficiary. The card will be generated by State’s Eligibility Information System (EIS) and mailed to the beneficiary.



The front of each Health Choice beneficiary’s ID card has the Health Choice logo and important information such as the child’s:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Health Choice ID Number
  • Effective date (date 12 continuous months of coverage begin)
  • Medical Home (Primary Care Provider)
  • Medical Home Telephone number and after hours contact
  • Copay information (when applicable) Ready NC Connect NC
June 11, 2014