The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in late December inadvertently mailed more than 48,000 Medicaid cards for children to the wrong addresses.

New requirements of the Affordable Care Act that went into effect on January 1 required switching 70,253 children from insurance coverage under the NC Health Choice program to Medicaid. The department issued new Medicaid cards to these recipients and mailed them on Dec. 30, and on Dec. 31 began receiving reports that recipients were getting cards for the wrong children.

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