More North Carolinians can get free health care coverage through Medicaid!

Beginning on Dec. 1, 2023, NC Medicaid will cover more people ages 19 through 64 years. You may be able to get health care coverage through Medicaid even if you didn’t qualify before. Medicaid pays for doctor visits, yearly check-ups, emergency care, mental health and more – at little or no cost to you. (Most services are free and the highest co-pay is $4!)

Pisgah Legal is here to help people in Western North Carolina apply for Medicaid and understand their options for coverage. To make an appointment for free help applying for Medicaid or exploring your options, visit or call 828-210-3404.

Most people will be able to get free Medicaid coverage if they meet the criteria below.

  • If you were eligible before, you still are.
  • You live in North Carolina.
  • Age 19 through 64
  • You are a citizen (some non-U.S. citizens can also get health coverage through Medicaid)
  • If your household income fits within the chart below:
Household Size Annual Income
Single Adults $20,120 or less
Family of 2 $27,214 or less
Family of 3 $34,307 or less
Family of 4 $41,400 or less
Family of 5 $48,493 or less
Family of 6 $55,586 or less

NC Medicaid covers many health services, including:

  • primary care so you can go to a doctor for a check-up or when you are not feeling well
  • hospital services when you need to stay overnight (inpatient) or when you can go home the same day (outpatient)
  • dental and oral health services
  • maternity and postpartum care if you are pregnant and after giving birth
  • vision and hearing services
  • prescription drug benefits to pay for your medicines
  • behavioral health
  • preventive and wellness services
  • medical-related devices and other therapies


If you’re currently working with DSS or have recently lost Medicaid coverage, please contact your local DSS office for assistance.

Was your Medicaid canceled or reduced? Have you been told you are not eligible for Medicaid?

Free legal help may be available.

Request legal assistance and learn about your rights under NC Medicaid.

 Learn more about local resources on NCMEDHELP, a joint partnership between Pisgah Legal Services, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of North Carolina.