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Medicaid Programs for Women

Medicaid Programs for Women

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

Family Planning Program

This program provides free family planning, birth control, and other female reproductive services, such as pap smears and HIV/STI testing.

Who is eligible?

  • US citizens or documented immigrants

  • North Carolina residents

  • Income at or below 195% of the Federal Poverty Level

  • Not currently pregnant

  • Not incarcerated

  • Not currently on Medicaid

Medicaid for Pregnant Women (MPW)

This program provides health insurance to pregnant woman both before and after delivery. A woman who has experienced a recent pregnancy loss may also be eligible.

Medicaid for Pregnant Women covers services related to pregnancy:

  • Prenatal care, delivery, and 60 days of postpartum care

  • Services to treat medical conditions that may complicate pregnancy

  • Childbirth classes

 There are income limits to be eligible. See the table below:

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Prepared by: NC 2-1-1/LP

Date Updated: May 24, 2018

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