Medicaid & Food and Nutrition Services
Medicaid and Health Choice are health insurance programs that offer coverage for individuals, families and children who meet financial and other requirements. The Food and Nutrition Services or Food Stamp program provides monthly supplement to eligible individual and families to purchase health foods. Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services are entitlement programs.
Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who cannot afford health care costs. There are many different Medicaid programs, and the eligibility requirements vary slightly between programs. View more information about Medicaid; learn about the requirements for different programs. Apply through the North Carolina Health and Human Services’ online program.
Health Choice for Children
North Carolina Health Choice offers health coverage for children whose families make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but do not make enough money to afford private or employer-sponsored health insurance. View more information; apply through the North Carolina Health and Human Services’s online program.
Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps)
The Food and Nutrition Program (Food Stamps) is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families a monthly supplemental allotment of benefits issues via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards (commonly known as an ATM card). The Food stamp program is an entitlement program, so all eligible individual and households can receive assistance.
You may be eligible for Food and Nutrition Services if your total income falls below the appropriate gross income limits for your household size. Eligibility workers determine which income limit applies to your household.
Eligible individuals will receive Food and Nutrition benefits no later than thirty days from the date of application. Individuals with special circumstances will be given an opportunity to receive Food and Nutrition benefits within seven days of the application. View more information; apply through the North Carolina Health and Human Services’s online program.
Information You May Need When Applying for Services
To assist you with the Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services applications, listed below are verifications you may be asked to provide in order to determine your eligibility. If you do not have any of this information you may still complete an application and interview for services. Individuals can apply at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do or in person at the Social Service building, no appointment is necessary.
- Driver’s License
- Work/School/Health Benefit ID
- Voter Registration Card
- Birth Certificate
- Voter Registration/Library Card
- Utility Bill
- Rent/Mortgage receipt
- Mail received at your address
- Check stubs
- Letter or note from your Employer
- Employee W-2
- Income Tax Forms
- Self-employment Bookkeeping Records
Unearned Income (Social Security, Veterans benefits, Child Support, Retirement):
- Bank Statement
- Benefit Award Letter/Benefit Payment Check
- Child Support Agreement
- Income Tax Forms
- Rent or Lease Agreement/Mortgage
- Property Tax/Homeowner’s Insurance Statement
- Day Care receipts
- Medical Expense receipts