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There are several programs available in the state of North Carolina for people that need health insurance or health coverage and cannot afford it.  These services are administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) which oversees the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) which is the North Carolina branch of government services.

The DMA basically manages the Medicaid and Health Choice programs.



Medicaid in North Carolina is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who cannot afford health care costs. Medicaid serves low-income parents, children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

In 2006-2007, Medicaid served approximately 1.7 million children, aged, blind and/or disabled individuals.

The budget for the 2007-08 Medicaid program is $11,345,677,668 – which is supported by $8,425,318,396 in revenue (predominately federal Medicaid funds) and $2,920,359,272 in state appropriations.  Medicaid’s budget is one of the largest in NC government – second only to the overall budget for primary and secondary education.

N.C. Health Choice for Children

N.C. Health Choice for Children (NCHC) is a free or reduced price comprehensive health care program for children.  If your family makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford rising health insurance premiums, your child(ren) may qualify for NCHC.

NCHC provides funding to extend health care coverage to roughly 115,000 children each month whose family income exceeds Medicaid financial eligibility criteria.

The 2007-2008 budget for NCHC is $226,805,564 – of which $167,414,409 is supported by federal funds and $59,391,155 state appropriations.
DMA partners with the State Employee’s Health Plan and NC Blue Cross/Blue Shield in administering the NCHC program.

DMA Mission

The mission of the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) is to provide access to high quality, medically necessary health care for eligible North Carolina residents through cost-effective purchasing of health care services and products.

The Department of Health and Human Services and DMA are devoted to quality customer service. They welcome your input and suggestions to how they can improve.