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In 2023, North Carolina became the 40th state to expand Medicaid when the N.C. General Assembly passed House Bill 76 and Governor Roy Cooper signed it into law. Medicaid expansion in North Carolina went live on December 1, 2023. Popular with voters on both sides of the aisle, this historic bipartisan effort to improve access to healthcare required hard work, strategic thinking, and being grounded in principles and community.

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How did North Carolina expand Medicaid?

The steadfast commitment of advocates, community organizers, coalition partners, and everyday North Carolinians finally led our state to expand Medicaid after 13 years. Over the years, the N.C. Justice Center organized community events, met with numerous providers and patients, anchored coalitions, and lobbied legislators on the importance of expanding Medicaid. Although each and every event was unique and important, these are some of the most significant turning points in our Medicaid expansion journey.

Who will benefit from Medicaid expansion?

An estimated 600,000 North Carolinians will benefit from Medicaid expansion. Anyone who is aged 19–64, earns 138% of the federal poverty level or less, and  is a U.S. citizen or has certain types of immigration statuses is eligible for Medicaid coverage.

Many North Carolinians who have been struggling to manage chronic conditions while uninsured or are unemployed because they are too ill, taking care of a loved one, or in school will also be eligible for Medicaid coverage. North Carolinians who live with a substance use disorder or are returning from prison or jail are also likely to be eligible.

Current status of Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion is live, and North Carolinians can sign up for the program anytime of year at or If you need free and unbiased help signing up, contact the NC Navigator Consortium by calling 1-855-733-3711 or going to Navigators will walk you through the application process.

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