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Child Health Insurance
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Once your completed application is received by your local county Department of Social Services (DSS), it is reviewed to see if your child is eligible for Health Check (Medicaid). If your child isn't eligible for Health Check (Medicaid), the application is reviewed to see if your child is eligible for
NC Health Choice for Children.

The process may take up to 45 days.

If your child qualifies for Health Check (Medicaid), the insurance may pay for medical services your child received while you were waiting for your child's application to be processed and for up to three months before your application date if you need this "retroactive" coverage. You can note these old bills on the Opens in new windowapplication form. You can also talk to your caseworker.

If your child is eligible for NC Health Choice, coverage begins the first day of the month that your application was received by your Opens in new windowlocal Department of Social Services (DSS).

You will also be notified if you have to pay an enrollment fee for NC Health Choice.

If your child is accepted in either program, you will receive a health insurance card and a benefits booklet.

Note: You must re-enroll each year to continue your child's health insurance. About 10 months after you first enroll, you will receive a re-enrollment package in the mail. Fill it out and return it promptly to your Opens in new windowlocal DSS. If you move, be sure to let the DSS know your new address or the re-enrollment package may not reach you, and your child may lose their insurance!

How Do I Find A Doctor?

Health Check (Medicaid)

Once your child is enrolled in Health Check, you will choose a primary care provider from a list of doctors who accept Health Check. Your local DSS can help you.

NC Health Choice

You can call any healthcare provider and ask if they take NC Health Choice.

Don't Forget to Re-enroll  Each Year!

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Last updated: October 2014

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