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NC Department of Health and Human Services
NC Division of
Medical Assistance

Community Alternatives Program

DMA Clinical Policy and Programs
Phone Number 919-855-4380
Fax 919-715-9025

North Carolina operates several programs to provide home and community care as a cost-effective alternative to institutionalization. These are known as "waiver" programs because standard program requirements are waived to allow the program to operate. These waiver programs provide some services that otherwise are not covered under Medicaid.

Overall, the CAP programs have been very successful in giving individuals a choice and maintaining costs at the same time. The programs have allowed those who otherwise would be institutionalized to remain with their family in familiar surroundings. All of these benefits accrued at a cost-saving to Medicaid in comparison with the cost of institutional care.

Medicaid Bulletins

For changes and updates to coverage criteria, billing information, and other program requirements refer to the N.C. Medicaid general and special bulletins. Ready NC Connect NC