The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) just announced that it has initiated the process of notifying individuals who are currently enrolled in Medicaid’s limited Family Planning program. These individuals are now eligible for full North Carolina Medicaid benefits, effective from December 1, 2023.
Starting This week, the NCDHHS will reach out to eligible individuals for Medicaid healthcare coverage via text messages, phone calls, and emails to inform them about this fantastic development. Keep an eye on your notifications. If you’re among those eligible for this transition, be sure to watch for an important letter from your local Department of Social Services. This letter will provide you with all the details you need to know and what’s next.
Thousands of North Carolinians to Be Automatically Enrolled in Medicaid
For those currently receiving Family Planning benefits, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid on December 1, 2023. There’s no need to fill out complicated paperwork; your coverage will seamlessly transition. As part of this process, you will also be assigned a health plan. Expect to receive a packet from your health plan in the mail, which will include your new Medicaid ID card.
As per the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), you better note that not everyone eligible for the limited Family Planning Program benefits will be automatically transitioned to comprehensive coverage under NC Medicaid. This is because there are instances where individuals might have an income that exceeds the new Medicaid eligibility thresholds.
Who Qualifies for Medicaid in North Carolina?
Expanding access to healthcare for hundreds of thousands of individuals is a top priority. This initiative aims to make healthcare coverage accessible to a broad segment of the population. Notably, it encompasses up to 300,000 individuals currently benefiting from Family Planning services, who will experience a seamless transition to full healthcare coverage in the upcoming month. The proactive outreach efforts ensure that the citizens of North Carolina are well-informed about the forthcoming comprehensive healthcare opportunities.
Family Planning Medicaid, an important component of this initiative, plays a crucial role in providing reproductive healthcare services at zero cost to individuals with incomes up to 195% of the federal poverty line. For a single person, this translates to an income threshold of approximately $2,370 per month. This program serves as a vital lifeline for those in need of essential healthcare services, ensuring that they can access the care they require without the burden of financial constraints. If your income has recently changed and you think you may be eligible, update your information in ePASS or by contacting your local Department of Social Services.