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Area County Preparing For Medicaid Expansion

The Alexander County Department of Social Services (DSS) is making preparations for the launch of North Carolina’s Medicaid Expansion on December 1, 2023. Statewide, approximately 300,000 eligible people currently receiving Medicaid Family Planning benefits will automatically be enrolled in full health care coverage. About 600,000 eligible people will receive additional benefits as a result of the expansion.

Thomas Mitchell, Alexander County DSS Director says the most efficient method to apply for Medicaid benefits is online at, however, DSS staff will be prepared to assist citizens in person when the expansion launches. Medicaid expansion increases the eligible population to adults aged 19-64 who have incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Mitchell said that DSS staff are committed to providing clients with the individualized attention they deserve and are prepared to devote the time and resources necessary to serve each client’s specific needs. DSS will also add a computer center for individuals who need computer and internet access for online applications.

Medicaid expansion is expected to improve access to health care in rural areas, for veterans, working adults, and their families while bringing billions in federal dollars to the state. North Carolina is one of 41 states that has expanded Medicaid since it was authorized in 2014. For more information about the expanded eligibility for NC Medicaid, visit

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]