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Frequently asked questions

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Is there a limit to the number of children in a family who can receive Health Check (Medicaid)/NC Health Choice coverage?

No, there is no limit. All children who qualify can receive Health Check (Medicaid)/ NC Health Choice coverage.

Can I choose which program my child is in?

No. Parents cannot choose the program. Your application is first reviewed to see if your child is eligible for Health Check (Medicaid). If your child does not qualify for Health Check (Medicaid), the application will be reviewed to see if your child is eligible for NC Health Choice.

I lost my child's health insurance card. How can I get a new one?

For Health Check (Medicaid):
Call your Opens in new windowlocal Department of Social Services and they will issue a replacement card for you to use until a new one arrives in the mail.
For NC Health Choice:

Call Blue Cross Blue Shield N.C.'s Health Choice Line at 1- 800-422-4658.

I am a grandparent. Can I apply for my grandchild who lives with me?

Yes. If your grandchild lives in your home, you can apply for them. You do not need to submit proof of your own income, unless you have legally adopted your grandchild. Contact yourOpens in new window local DSS for more information.

Can a divorced father or mother apply for Health Check (Medicaid) or NC Health Choice in order to meet their court-ordered child support requirements?

No. If the court order says the non-custodial parent must provide private health insurance, then he or she must buy private health insurance. However, until the private health insurance is in effect, the custodial parent may apply for Health Check (Medicaid)/NC Health Choice.

Do You Have More Questions?

For questions about eligibility or program specifics, contact your Opens in new windowlocal Department of Social Services (DSS).


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