Governor Roy Cooper and NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley have announced that Medicaid Expansion will be launched on Dec. 1, 2023, granting more than 600,000 North Carolinians access to healthcare.
The expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina is a significant achievement that will extend health insurance to those in need, including individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. It will also provide support to struggling rural hospitals and bring economic benefits to the state.
The expansion will automatically enroll approximately 300,000 eligible people currently receiving Medicaid Family Planning benefits.
Eligible individuals aged 19-64 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level will now be covered.
Single individuals making under $20,000 a year and families of three earning under $34,000 combined will be eligible.
Beneficiaries will receive the same comprehensive benefits and copays as other non-disabled adults in Medicaid.
Medicaid expansion will improve access to healthcare in rural areas, enhance mental health support, and benefit veterans, working adults, and their families.
North Carolina is one of 41 states that have expanded Medicaid since its authorization in 2014.
The launch of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina will provide much-needed healthcare coverage to a large number of residents, improving overall access to healthcare and bringing economic benefits to the state.