State/Federally Funded Programs
The following low-cost insurance programs are available to uninsured children and adults who qualify.
Click on each program's name to obtain more information about eligibility and registration.
Also, ask insurance carriers in your
if they offer low-cost coverage for young adults.
- Health Choice For Children
As of October 1998, families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford rising health insurance premiums are able to get free or reduced-price comprehensive health care for their children. The new plan, NC Health Choice for Children, is the same as coverage provided for the children of state employees and teachers, plus vision, hearing and dental benefits. To reach the Health Choice for Children supervisor at the Durham County Department of Social Services, please call (919) 560-8331.
For consumer facts about Health Choice for Children, please click here.
To visit the Health Choice for Children Web site, please click here.
To find out how to apply for Health Choice for Children, please click here.
The TRICARE programs are available to family members of active duty military service members and also to military retirees and their dependents. These dependents include:
- Unmarried children under age 21
- Unmarried children under age 23 who are full-time students
- Stepchildren adopted by the sponsor
Those who are eligible must be listed in the Defense Department's worldwide, computerized database, the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). The following are not eligible for TRICARE benefits:
- Parents and parents-in-law of active duty service members or retirees
- People who are eligible for health benefits under CHAMPVA (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs)
People age 65 or older who are eligible for Medicare can receiveTRICARE For Life benefits.
Medicaid is a health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people paid with federal, state, and county dollars. It covers more than one million people in North Carolina, including children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments. To reach the Medicaid program manager at the Durham County Department of Social Services, please call (919) 560-8740.
For consumer information, please click here.
For information about eligibility, please click here.
Our Medicare section offers comprehensive, official information provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The official government handbook, "Medicare & You," includes sections on Medicare coverage choices, choosing a prescription plan, financial assistance, your Medicare rights, and more.
For more information about the Medicare Advantage Plans, other Medicare Health Plans, or Medicare Prescription Drug Plans available in your area, visit medicare.gov on the Web or call (800) MEDICARE (800-633-4227). TTY users should call (877) 486-2048.
Learn more about private insurance enrollment for Medicare D.