How to Apply:    

Applications are taken at the Avery County Department of Social Services at 175 Linville Street in Newland, NC. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 4:30.

Applications may also be picked up and taken home to be completed.  The two-page application may be mailed back to the DSS office or returned in person to the office. An interview may be completed at DSS or by telephone.  

The application must first be evaluated for Medicaid eligibility.  Any child not eligible for Medicaid is then evaluated for NCHC. In order to process the application more quickly, verification of the previous month's income and social security numbers of all applicants and caretakers should be attached to the application. The family will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits as soon as eligibility is determined.  

For more information about MEDICAID go to the State web page at