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Medicaid Programs for People with a Chronic Illness

Medicaid Programs for People with a Chronic Illness

Medicaid is a federal government program that provides health insurance to low-income individuals and families who cannot afford healthcare costs. 

Medicaid may help pay for certain medical expenses, such as medical bills, prescriptions, vision and dental care, nursing home care, personal care services, and more.

Who is eligible?

There are unique guidelines for different Medicaid programs. You can see these additional requirements in the description of the programs. To be eligible for general Medicaid, you must:

  • Meet income guidelines

  • Be a US citizen or give proof of eligible immigration status
  • Live in North Carolina and provide proof of residency
  • Have a Social Security number or have applied for one

To receive Medicaid, you do not have to go through a physical or other type of exam, unless you are applying because you are disabled and do not currently receive Social Security Disability Insurance. If you are applying for Medicaid because you are pregnant, proof of pregnancy is needed.

How can I apply? What should I bring with me?

You can apply for Medicaid online or visit your local Department of Social Services (DSS) office. You can also complete a paper application and drop it off or mail it to your local DSS.

When applying for Medicaid, provide the following information:

  • Birth certificate

  • Social Security card

  • Photo ID

  • Proof of citizenship or immigration status (passport, green card, employment authorization card)

  • Paycheck stubs from the last month, a written letter from your employer with wage amounts, or tax records for the previous year

  • Proof of all income from sources like Social Security, Veterans Benefits (VA), and retirement benefits - Bank statements are NOT an acceptable proof of income - MUST provide an award letter

  • Bank statements from the last month for ALL accounts

  • Copies of all life insurance policies

  • Proof of any property that you own (home, land, vehicle, etc)

  • Proof of residency (rent receipt, mortgage, lease, or written statement from landlord)

  • Insurance benefit card, if you have any other health insurance

  • Medicare card, if you have Medicare

Health Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP)

This program pays private health insurance premiums for people who are at risk of losing or cannot use their private health insurance because of a high-risk illness.

Who is eligible?

  • Have a high-risk illness and private health insurance

  • North Carolina residents

  • Eligible for Medicaid

HIV Case Management Program

This program provides case management services to people with HIV. Services include providing education, making referrals, helping clients get access to care, and more.

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Prepared by: NC 2-1-1/LP

Date Updated: May 24, 2018

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