NCDHHS announced that Medicaid Expansion is planned to start October 1, 2023. Launch depends on the NC General Assembly acting by September 1.
Click the link for the official press release from NCDHHS: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/2023/07/26/state-takes-action-start-medicaid-expansion-oct-1-launch-depends-general-assembly-acting-sept-1
FAQ about Medicaid Expansion:
Q- I heard that North Carolina is expanding Medicaid. When does it go into effect?
A- NCDHHS has announced Medicaid Expansion will start October 1, 2023. Launch depends on final authority from the NC General Assembly.
Q- What happens if the General Assembly does not give approval for Medicaid Expansion to launch?
A- NCDHHS needs approval to launch Medicaid Expansion from the General Assembly by September 1 to proceed with the October 1 launch date. If NCDHHS does not have authority to move forward by September 1, the date will be moved.
Q- I heard that North Carolina is expanding Medicaid. How will that affect my current services?
A- Medicaid expansion will make more North Carolinians eligible for the same Medicaid benefits covered today. Medicaid benefits are not changing. NCDHHS has announced Medicaid Expansion will start October 1, 2023. Launch depends on final authority from the NC General Assembly.
Q- What is Medicaid Expansion?
A- Medicaid expansion will make more people eligible to enroll in Medicaid by increasing the income requirements. We expect the change to make about 600,000 North Carolinians eligible to get full Medicaid benefits. Many low-income adults, ages 19-64, are likely to qualify for coverage. This includes people who work in agriculture or retail, childcare, some veterans, children who age out of Medicaid and more.
Q- How do I apply for Medicaid under Medicaid Expansion?
A- Medicaid expansion is planned to start on October 1, 2023. You can apply for Medicaid at any time, but the new eligibility requirements will not take effect until Medicaid Expansion launches. Medicaid enrollment can happen four ways: online (ePass.nc.gov), by paper application, in person or by phone. To apply, you will need to verify your income and that you are a North Carolina resident. Sometimes additional information is needed.