Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income families. Enrollees receive a Medicaid Identification (MID) card, which is their insurance card.  Medicaid has several different types of coverage for families with different needs: 

  • Medicaid for Families with Dependent Children (MAF) -Medicaid coverage for parent/caretakers(s) with children under age 19 in their household or for children ages 19 & 20.
  • Medicaid for Infants and Children (MIC) – Medical coverage for children under the age of 19 whose parents’ income is below established program income limits. 
  • Medicaid for Pregnant Women (MPW) – Medical coverage for pregnant women whose income is below established program income limits.
  • Family Planning Medicaid Waiver (FPW) - The Medicaid Family Planning Waiver is a program designed to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of children and families in North Carolina.  Services are provided to eligible men (19-60yrs) and women (19-55yrs) whose income is below the established program limits, and are determined ineligible for all other Medicaid programs.
  • North Carolina Health Choice (NCHC) for Children -A free or reduced price comprehensive health care program for children 6-18 yrs.  If the family makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid, the child(ren) may qualify for NCHC 

 Individuals may qualify for Medicaid under the following criteria: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen or qualified alien, and you live in North Carolina


  • You have a Social Security Number or have applied for one


  • You receive a check from any one of the following:  Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Work First Family Assistance (WFFA); State/County Special Assistance for the Aged or Disabled (SSA or SAD); Special Assistance for the Blind (SAB)


  • Your countable income meets program requirements for one of the following categories: Aged (65 or older), blind or disabled; Families with children under age 19; Individuals under age 21; Single or married pregnant women, Children receiving adoption or foster care assistance; Family Planning