WCH: NC Medicaid and Health Choice Outreach

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

NC Medicaid and Health Choice (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) are publicly funded children's health insurance programs open to North Carolina residents who meet income, age, and immigration guidelines. Your child may qualify for healthcare coverage through Medicaid or Health Choice, NC’s CHIP program -- both offer free or low-cost health insurance for children and teens. For more information on wellness visits, and treatment services, click here.

To meet outreach goals, our staff work with community and faith-based organizations across the State 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 NC Medicaid/Health Choice?

NC Medicaid/Health Choice offer different ways that may help pay for some or all of the cost of health care. Each program helps families with certain health needs based on family size, income and resource limits. Visit the NC Medicaid and Health Choice website to get started.

Your county Division of Social Services (DSS) caseworker will help determine if you are eligible for NC Medicaid or Health Choice. Eligibility depends on your child’s age, family size, income and resources. Visit the NC Medicaid and Health Choice website to learn about eligibility.

Apply here for Medicaid and Health Choice and to learn more specific details about program options.

Income Guidelines (Effective April 2022)
Monthly Income Limits: Medicaid for Infants and Children
Family size Age 0 - 5 Age 6 - 18
















Go to Income and Resource Eligibility Requirements for program qualifications and for more information.

Monthly Income Guidelines for Health Choice, Ages 6-18 (Effective April 2022)
Family Size 133% of the federal poverty level 211% of the federal poverty level
Monthly Income Annual Income Monthly Income Annual Income



















































Go to Income and Resource Eligibility Requirements for program qualifications and for more information.

How to apply for NC Medicaid/Health Choice?

There are three ways to select

  1. Apply online here. If you can not apply online, you can also:
  2. Apply in person at your local Department of Social Services (DSS) office.
  3. Fill out a paper application and mail to or drop it off at your local DSS office.

Resource Materials

NC Medicaid / Health Choice (CHIP) Brochure: Health Insurance Is Important For Your Child | El seguro médico es importante para su nino


Submit comments or ideas on outreach events and activities to the Children and Youth Branch by calling  919-707-5600.

If your family has children/youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN), contact the Helpline via email or by phone at 1-800-737-3028.



Last Modified: May 24, 2022