August 19, 2002
NC HEALTH CHOICE ENROLLMENT FREEZE BEGINS SEPTEMBER 1
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Lack of funds means a
state supported insurance program for children whose families have a low-income, but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, will stop enrolling new clients beginning September 1. There is no word on how long the freeze will last.
Clients who submit an application prior to that date, and who qualify for N.C. Health Choice, will be eligible to enroll. Any qualifying application submitted on or after the freeze date will be added to a statewide waiting list. Participants who are up for re-enrollment must submit a completed application by their specified annual date or risk losing coverage.
The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services processes applications for the program locally. Families who need the health insurance for their children under age 19, should get an application from DSS in the Wallace H. Kuralt Centre at 301 Billingsley Road in Charlotte.
N.C. Health Choice for Children is not an entitlement program like Health Check (Medicaid). Health Choice has limited funding from the state and federal governments, which means there is a limit on the number of children the program can cover.
Mecklenburg County has 5,282 children enrolled in the program and the state's cap is 82,000. The federal poverty rates, which change each April, set the limits and determine who qualifies. A family of four with a monthly income of $3,017 qualifies for the insurance.
Call 704-336-8422 to request an application by mail. Visit
www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dma/cpcont.htm to get a copy of the application online.