Office of North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology


As mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), Project 7 Phase 1 went live on October 1, 2013. This project implements NC FAST System interoperability with the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), where individuals can determine if they qualify for either Medicaid or subsidized health insurance, with the online option to purchase health insurance directly from a provider. The ACA required the new Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) ruleset for 8 Family and Children’s Medicaid programs to be implemented.

The first milestone date associated with Project 7 was October 1, 2013. Streamlined applications required by the ACA will be taken for individuals applying for Medical Assistance. Due to the unavailability of the account transfer from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, NC FAST will not be receiving applications submitted through this portal until a future date (TBD).

When Project 7 is fully implemented, NC FAST will be receiving Medicaid applications through multiple channels:

  • FFM – federal health care reform portal.
  • ePASS – must support both a “streamlined” MAGI application and a “traditional” Medicaid application.
  • Walk-in – must support entry of applications received from persons who walk into county department of social services offices.

It is important to note that although applications will be taken beginning October 1, 2013, the MAGI eligible programs do not go into effect until January 1, 2014.

Project 7 implementation is divided into 3 phases, with each phase adding functionality to the system.

  • Phase 1 (October 1, 2013): complete
  • Phase 2 (November 11, 2013) : complete
  • Phase 3 (January, 2014)

Last updated - November 22, 2013