After waiting years, Medicaid Expansion has happened in NC and is possible because of people like Penny. She was brave enough to get out and tell her story, and because of her, hundreds of thousands of working North Carolinians will now get health care. To learn more about Medicaid Expansion and how to find out who is eligible and to apply visit:

Hear Penny’s story as Governor Cooper celebrates Medicaid expansion and people like Penny who worked tirelessly for years to see this finally happen in NC.

North Carolina has expanded health care coverage to more people.

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NC Medicaid now covers people ages 19 through 64 years with higher incomes. You may be able to get health care coverage through Medicaid even if you did not qualify before. NC Medicaid pays for doctor visits, yearly check-ups, emergency care, dental care, mental health and more – at little or no cost to you.

Most people can get health care coverage through NC Medicaid if:

  • You live in North Carolina
  • You are ages 19 through 64 years old
  • You are a citizen (some non-US citizens can also get health care coverage through Medicaid).
  • And if your household income falls within the chart below:
Household sizeTotal income, before taxes
Single Adults$1,676/month or less    
Family of 2$2,267/month or less     
Family of 3$2,859/month or less 
Family of 4$3,450/month or less 
Each additional personadd $591/month
(add $7,094/year)

If someone is pregnant, they may be eligible for other Medicaid programs to get full health benefits. 

NC Medicaid covers most health services. It includes doctor visits, check-ups, emergency care, hospital services, maternity and postpartum care, vision and hearing services, prescription drugs, behavioral health, preventive and wellness services, dental care, medical-related devices and more. There is no monthly fee and copays are never more than $4.