Welcome. MHAP promotes health system change by developing innovative health and human services policy and monitoring implementation. The program also provides information and support to front-line workers and poor communities as they work to address problems at the local level. Mississippi Health Advocacy Programs (MHAP) combines research, analysis and grass-roots organizing to improve health policies, practices and funding in Mississippi, especially in support of the state's poor and underserved people.

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MS LEFT ME OUT: New Medicaid Expansion Effort

Advocates for Medicaid expansion in Mississippi are launching a new campaign today. They are highlighting the stories of people who fall in the so-called ‘medicaid gap’. The campaign, called Mississippi Left Me Out, is an effort to up the pressure on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid to cover more Mississippians. Under the health care reform law, the state can ease access to Medicaid with the federal government picking up the lion’s share of the cost.

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Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation.

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Analysis: Medicaid debate expected again in 2015

Roy Mitchell, director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, says about 130,000 Mississippi residents fall in an “insurance gap” because they earn too much to be on Medicaid but too little to qualify for federal tax breaks that would make private insurance more affordable.

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