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Health Check and Health Choice Outreach

What is Health Check (Medicaid for Children) / NC Health Choice Outreach (CHIP)?

Health Check (Medicaid for Children) and NC Health Choice (CHIP) are publicly funded children's health insurance programs open to North Carolina residents who meet income, age and immigration guidelines. In North Carolina, these programs are marketed together since the application process is the same and children who may be ineligible for one program may be eligible for the other. The Division of Public Health, Children and Youth Branch coordinates the state's public outreach campaign with special focus on reducing health disparities among African American, American Indian, Latino/Hispanic, and newcomers (refugees, immigrants) to our state.

Our outreach goals are accomplished through partnerships with Health Check Coordinators at local health departments or Community Care of NC Networks. See the Health Check website for the newest directory.

In addition, our staff work with community and faith based organizations to:

  • Partner with local family-centered activities: health fairs, school sports/events, community-ethnic festivals.
  • Distribute materials to families by ordering available materials at no cost or downloading copies of PDFs provided.
  • Partner with local minority media outlets to extend the reach of critical enrollment and reenrollment messages as needed.

Who is eligible for Health Check / NC Health Choice?

Health Check (Medicaid for Children) and NC Health Choice (CHIP) are publicly funded children's health insurance programs open to North Carolina residents who meet income, age and immigration guidelines. In North Carolina, these programs are marketed together since the application process is the same and children who may be ineligible for one program may be eligible for the other.

When determining eligibility, Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) methodology is used to determine how income is counted and how household composition and a family size is constructed. MAGI is the adjusted gross income, with specific exceptions, of a tax filer according to federal tax rules. MAGI-based income determines if you and/or your children qualify. Your local Division of Social Services worker will calculate your monthly family income.

This chart will help you determine the income/reserve limits for qualification for the various Medicaid programs.

Income Guidelines (Effective April 15, 2015)
Family Size Health Check / Medicaid  for Children (0-5 years old) Health Check / Medicaid for Children (6-18 years old) NC Health Choice (CHIP) (6-18 years old)

2

$ 2,788

$ 1,766

$ 2,802

3

$ 3,516

$ 2,227

$ 2,533

4

$ 4,244

$ 2,688

$ 4,264

5

$ 4,972

$ 3,149

$ 4, 996

Go to income/reserve limits for qualifications of the various Medicaid programs and for larger family size.

Go to the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA is the agency that administers Medicaid for NC) to learn more specific details about the program options.

How to apply for Health Check / NC Health Choice?

Applying Online

You may apply online at ePASS from the privacy of your home or from any internet location. ePASS is a secure, web-based self-service tool that allows you to submit a Medicaid/NCHC application online. It provides easy-to-use instructions that will guide you through the process. It also allows you to do a pre-assessment to determine if you are potentially eligible for medical assistance. Go to the DMA web site for a video which explains how to use ePASS.

Applying in Person

You may apply at the County Department of Social Services (DSS) in the county where you live.

If possible, take the items listed below with you when you go to the DSS office to apply. If you do not have some or all of these items, please apply anyway because it is very important to protect your application date. The DSS can assist you in obtaining these items and information.

  • Certified birth certificates or other proof of citizenship/alien status for each individual applying for Medicaid/NCHC
  • Identity documents for each individual applying for Medicaid/NCHC
  • Social security cards, social security numbers, or proof that you have made an application for a number from the Social Security Office, for each individual applying for Medicaid or NCHC
  • A copy of all pay stubs for last month
  • Copies of all medical or life insurance policies
  • A list of all cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, etc. you or anyone in your household own, including the year, make, model, and vehicle identification number (VIN) for each item
  • Most recent bank statements
  • A list of all real property you own
  • Current financial statements/award letters from other sources of income, such as social security, retirement benefits, pensions, veteran benefits, and child support.

You are not required to bring an application with you, but it may speed the process to print and fill out as much of the application as you can ahead of time. The application is available in English and in Spanish.

If You are Unable to Apply in Person

If you are unable to go to a DSS office, you may also print and mail completed Medicaid and Health Choice Applications to your local DSS office. Or, you may call and ask that an application form be mailed to you. If you are disabled, a county representative may be able to make a home visit to assist you with the application process.

Contact

Submit comments or ideas on outreach events, activities, and posting of our materials to your web site via email to Norma Marti or by phone at 919-707-5643.