NC Medicaid To Cover COVID Test for Uninsured

August 21, 2020

Effective Sept. 1, NC Medicaid will begin reimbursing COVID-19 testing costs for uninsured individuals who enroll in the NC Medicaid Optional COVID-19 Testing (MCV) program. This option was made available to all states through Section 6004(a)(3) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

To be eligible for this program, the person must
• Live in North Carolina;
• Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national or have eligible immigration status;
• Not be covered by Medicaid, Medicare or other health insurance.

Individuals will be able to apply online for the MCV program beginning in September. For those without access to the Internet, NC Medicaid encourages COVID-19 testing site providers and other Medicaid-enrolled providers who perform testing to download paper applications, available in English and Spanish, and collect them for mailing to the Medicaid address on the form. Paper applications are estimated to take 2 to 6 weeks for processing.

Learn more here.