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Medicaid Expansion Opens Access to Whole-Person Care to Thousands More Across Western North Carolina.

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December 1, 2023 brings access to health care to more families across our community. North Carolina is expanding Medicaid coverage to people ages 19 through 64 years with higher incomes.

To make it easy to understand this updated access to care, we are sharing the following information guide.


  • Medicaid pays for doctor visits, yearly check-ups, emergency care, mental health and more.
  • Medicaid is available at little or no cost to people who qualify.

Here in North Carolina, Medicaid means you can access most health services.

The thousands of people in WNC who are now eligible for Medicaid can access most health services once they sign up for this new coverage.

Whole-person Care – Body, Mind and Spirit:

Existing and new Medicaid recipients can count on AdventHealth for their whole-person care. Our world-class health care network in western North Carolina is here to help you take charge of your health so you can feel centered, supported and whole.

NC Medicaid covers most health services and AdventHealth has experienced, compassionate providers ready to meet your care needs with these health and wellness resources:

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You can see a doctor for a check-up or when you are not feeling well. A primary care provider is your partner in lifelong whole health. They will partner with you and your family to meet your preventive and wellness care. With more than 50 providers with locations in Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties, you can find a trusted AdventHealth Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Medicine or OB/GYN physician close to home.

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Whether you need to stay overnight as an inpatient or you can go home the same day, you can choose care at our hospital which continues to earn national rankings for safety, quality and patient satisfaction.

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If you are pregnant and after giving birth, you can connect with board-certified Obstetricians and Nurse-Midwives for advanced pre- and post-natal care.

The Baby Place at AdventHealth Hendersonville offers you a personalized birth experience with all the mom-focused amenities you deserve to help ease your body, mind, and spirit. Our award-winning labor and delivery unit also provides you with OB Hospitalists which means you will always have a board-certified obstetrician available to support your care throughout your stay.

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Your whole-health includes addressing much more than just the physical aches or pains. Medicaid coverage includes coverage of your care for depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and more. AdventHealth offers compassionate and experienced mental health providers with inpatient and outpatient treatment options that can help reconnect you with the life you love.

Medicaid coverage also includes*:

  • vision and hearing services
  • prescription drug benefits to pay for your medicines
  • dental and oral health services
  • medical-related devices and other therapies

The newly expanded access to Medicaid in North Carolina is now open for enrollment. The NC Department of Health and Human Services explains most people will be able to get health care coverage through Medicaid if they meet the criteria below.

  • You live in North Carolina
  • Age 19 through 64
  • You are a citizen (some non-U.S. citizens can also get health coverage through Medicaid)

Applying for coverage under the NC Medicaid expansion is easiest and fastest if you choose the online option through ePASS. The state health department also offers in-person, phone or mailed application options.

Please note the processing time for applications can be up to 45 days.

Paper application:
In person: Find your local DSS office at

Connecting with AdventHealth

You can learn more about your whole-person care choices with AdventHealth or schedule an appointment when you click here or call Call855-774-LIFE (5433).