There is a $2000 limit on countable assets for an individual, but some things are not countable, including your home (with an equity limit of $585,000 in 2019). Plus, if you are married and you apply for Medicaid while your spouse is still capable of independent living, your spouse could keep half of the assets that are considered to be countable. This is called the Community Spouse Resource Allowance.
The maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance in North Carolina and Kentucky for 2019 is $ $126,420, and the minimum is $25,284. An individual can often engage in Medicaid planning to preserve additional assets under the Medicaid rules, but you usually cannot just give your assets to your loved ones shortly before you apply for Medicaid coverage.