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Frequently Asked Questions


Medicaid provides medical coverage to low-income individuals and families. The state and federal government share the cost of the Medicaid program.

Your local Department of Social Services (DSS) caseworker will help determine if you are qualify for Medicaid.

Basic Eligibility Requirements
Medicaid may be available to people who are:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Blind or disabled
  • Infants and children under the age of 21
  • Pregnant
  • Low-income individuals and families
  • In need of long-term care
  • Receiving Medicare

You also must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or provide proof of eligible immigration status (if you are applying for only emergency services, you are not required to provide documentation of immigration status)
  • Live in North Carolina and provide proof of residency
  • Have a Social Security number or have applied for one

You are automatically eligible for Medicaid if you receive any of the following:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • State/County Special Assistance for the Aged or Disabled

Income and Resource Eligibility Requirements

Medicaid programs are for low-income beneficiaries. Eligibility is based in part on your income and resources. This amount is different depending on the Medicaid program that fits your age and health care needs. Your local DSS caseworker will help determine your income and resources.

There are many ways to apply. You can apply for NC Medicaid online, by mail or in person at your local Department of Social Services (DSS):

Contact your local DSS if you cannot apply in one of these ways.

You can use our Find a Provider feature. You will get a listing of providers in your area. You can also find PDF copies of provider listings on the WellCare of North Carolina homepage.

Find your provider directory. It has a listing of all hospitals in your WellCare network. Your primary care physician or specialist will coordinate your hospital care.

Call 911. Or proceed to the nearest medical facility. Call your primary care physician or our Customer Service Department as soon as possible after the emergency. Make sure we are aware of your situation. Then, we can assist you to receive appropriate follow-up care.

Use the Contact Us form. You can also call the Customer Service number on the back of your Member ID card.

If you are moving, please update your records. Submitting the Change of Address form available in your member handbook. Or, call the Customer Service department with your new address. You can also use the Contact Us form.


Please complete our Become a Provider form or Contact Us for more information on how to join our network. If you want to join our Medicaid provider network, please be sure to visit your state-specific Medicaid website to submit a request.

Please check your WellCare of North Carolina welcome letter. You can also use the Contact Us form for additional help.

To check claim status, log into the secure portal at The secure portal is for participating WellCare of North Carolina providers that are contracted through Medicaid or Medicare lines of business.

Here are the steps to check a claim status:


  1. Once you log into the secure provider portal, navigate to the Claims landing page.
  2. Search for the claim in a variety of ways including: WCN Number, Claim Number, Member ID, Provider ID, Member Name and DOB, Medicare ID, Medicaid ID or DCN.
    *Note: Certain items will require that you enter a date range under “Service Date”.
  3. Select the “Search” button and the claim results will display below.

Yes. [NC_NAME_LONG] is pleased to offer providers electronic funds transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA) services at no charge. Offered in partnership with PaySpan Health, you now have access to a secure, quick way to electronically settle claims. Using this no-cost service, providers can settle claims electronically, without making an investment in expensive EDI software.

You can find additional helpful information in your quick-reference guide.


Visit our Careers page to see current openings.

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