Issues: Medicaid/SCHIP

583,000 Mississippians are provided health insurance through the state’s Medicaid program. Medicaid is health insurance that helps many people who can’t afford medical care pay for some or all of their medical bills. 60% of the Medicaid population is children. 

Medicaid is jointly funded by the federal government and the states. Each state administers its own program, and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) monitors the programs and sets quality, funding, and eligibility standards. Mississippi receives $3 from the federal government for each dollar it spends on the program.  The program is not only vital to the wellbeing of Mississippians but it also acts as an economic engine, creating jobs throughout the state.

This section of our Web site provides resources on Medicaid laws and regulations and keeps you up-to-date on the battle to sustain and improve this important program.

If you or anyone you know needs assistance with Medicaid, CHIP or any private insurance plan, please Call Health Help Mississippi at 1-877-314-3843

Mississippi CHIP

UnitedHealthCare currently provides coverage to children enrolled in Mississippi’s Children Health Insurance Program. Mississippi Chip can provide children with coverage for:
• Preventative care
• Eye Care
• Prescription medications (drugs)
• Vaccinations (shots)
• Dental care
• Hospital visits

To learn if your child qualifies for Mississippi CHIP call Health Help Mississippi at 1-877-314-3843

Medicaid under Health Reform

In a tremendous victory for Mississippi families, on June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion created uncertainty about whether many working families in Mississippi would be able to gain access to health coverage as originally intended by the law.

Under the original guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government would have allowed every U.S. citizen and legal resident younger than 65 to qualify for Medicaid if they had an annual income up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $15,000 for an individual and $30,000 for a family of four). In Mississippi, this would give nearly 300,000 more Mississippians access to the health coverage they need. Instead, the Supreme Court ruled that states must be given the option of whether or not they would like to expand their Medicaid programs, essentially putting the health and well-being of Mississippi’s working families in the hands of state lawmakers. Unfortunately, many state lawmakers, including Governor Bryant, have already indicated that they will not be willing to expand Medicaid and help Mississippi’s working families.


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