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Health Check and Health Choice Outreach

What is Health Check / NC Health Choice Outreach?

Health Check (Medicaid for Children) and Health Choice are publicly funded children's health insurance programs open to North Carolina residents who meet income, age and immigration guidelines. In North Carolina, these programs are marketed together since the application process is the same and children who may be ineligible for one program may be eligible for the other. The Division of Public Health, Children & Youth Branch coordinates the state's public outreach campaign with special focus on reducing health disparities among African American, American Indian, Latino/Hispanic, and newcomers (refugees, immigrants) to our state.

Our outreach goals are accomplished through partnerships with Health Check Coordinators at local health departments or Community Care of NC Networks, as well as community and faith based organizations who collaborate with the following activities:

  • Develop public educational materials for distribution. See the order form (PDF, 31 KB; DOCX, 24 KB) to request materials for your school, community- and faith-based organization.
  • Evaluate materials as needed to ensure they meet the intended audiences' needs.
  • Distribute available outreach and educational materials (PDF, 31 KB) that are free and may be downloaded as PDFs to make copies as needed for families. These materials may be ordered by completing the order form (PDF, 31 KB; DOCX, 24 KB).
  • Promote and distribute promotional and educational materials to professional groups working with children and their families.
  • Partner with the minority media outlets to extend the reach of critical enrollment and re-enrollment messages as needed.

Who is eligible for Health Check / NC Health Choice?

How do I apply for Health Check / NC Health Choice?

To apply in person go to your local county Department of Social Services. If you are unable to go to a Department of Social Services office, you may also print and mail completed applications to your local Department of Social Services office. Or, you may call and ask that an application form be mailed to you.

If you are disabled, a county representative may be able to make a home visit to assist you with the application process. Faxed applications will be accepted. However, applications received over the internet will not be accepted. Some health centers and hospitals have application forms available and may be able to assist you in completing them.

You may apply at the County Department of Social Services (DSS) in the county where you live. You may apply online for HC/NCHC via the secure web site ePASS. If you are unable to go to a DSS office or complete an application online, you may also print and mail completed Medicaid and Health Choice Application entitled Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs to your local DSS office. Or you may call and ask that an application form be mailed to you. If you are disabled, a county representative may be able to make a home visit to assist you with the application process. Faxed applications and applications received over the internet are not acceptable. Some health centers and hospitals have application forms available and may be able to assist you in completing them. 

Another online application may be submitted through ePASS where families may get general program information and answers to basic questions including handbooks, eligibility, benefits and costs for a variety of public programs.

Contact

Submit comments or ideas on outreach events, activities, and posting of our materials to your web site via email to Norma Marti or by phone at 919-707-5643.