How do I apply for Medicaid?

Contact your local Department of Social Services (DSS). You will find them in the phone book under government agencies. If you are unable to go to Social Services, you may request a home visit. If you cannot locate the phone number for your local DSS or if you have further questions regarding Medicaid eligibility after contacting the local department, call the Office of Citizen Services CARE-LINE Information and Referral Service toll-free at 1-800-662-7030 (Voice and Spanish) and someone will assist you. For local calls or calls from outside of North Carolina, dial (919) 733-4261. The Office of Citizen Services also has a dedicated TTY line at 1-877-452-2514 or for local TTY or TTY calls from outside of North Carolina, dial (919) 733-4851 for deaf and hearing impaired.

The Office of Citizen Services can also provide you with information and referrals on other Department of Health and Human Services programs along with other government and non-profit agencies that may be helpful, as well as tell you about prescription assistance programs available through drug manufacturers. (Office of Citizen Services  1-800-662-7030 (Voice and Spanish); (919) 733-4261 (local or out of state calls); 1-877-452-2514 (TTY Dedicated) and (919) 733-4851 (TTY Dedicated for local or out of state calls).  You can also visit their website Office of Citizen Services

If you have questions about Medicaid eligibility, the CARE-LINE operator can connect you with the Medicaid Eligibility Unit in the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance.