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Medicaid is a health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people paid with federal and state dollars. It covers more than 1.5 million people in our state, including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled, and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.

There are several different types of Medicaid programs in North Carolina. The Medicaid Coverage Groups page lists a brief explanation of each type of program and its benefits.

Adults Medicaid Services Provided

  • Medicaid for Adults
    Medicaid is a health insurance program for those whose income is below the amounts set by the federal and state government.
  • Medicaid for Age 65+, Blind and Disabled
    If you are over 65, blind or disabled, the income limit to receive Medicaid is equal to 100% of the poverty level. There is a limit on resources.
  • Long Term Care
    Medicaid pays for medically necessary nursing home care for patients in skilled or intermediate care nursing homes or in intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Medicare-Aid
    Individuals who have Medicare coverage may be eligible to have their Medicare premiums paid by Medicaid if their income is between 100% and 135% of the poverty level.


Families & Children Medicaid Services Provided

  • Child Care Subsidy
    Subsidized child care is a program funded through State and Federal dollars to assist parents with the cost of child care. Families receiving financial assistance may choose the child care program that best meets their needs.
  • Child Support
    Child support enforcement agents by contract with Buncombe Child Support Enforcement Agency to help locate absent parents and assist in establishing paternity and getting child support payments ordered by the courts.
  • Family Medicaid
    Medicaid is a health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people paid with federal and state dollars.
  • Medicaid for Pregnant Women
    The family income limit for a pregnant woman to receive Medicaid is equal to 185% of the poverty level.

Locate & Contact

Public Assistance / Economic Services

To report a change to your Medicaid worker, please email


Adult Medicaid
P: (828) 250-5500

Social Work Services
40 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Ashley Short
Economic Services Division Head
P: (828) 250-5796

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*Eligibility rules and income/asset amounts are subject to change.

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