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
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
People who earn less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level, $14,484 this year, will qualify for Medicaid in all states, under the law.
The federal government—not the states—will bear the overwhelming majority of the cost of the Medicaid expansion
The federal government will fully finance the Medicaid expansion for all newly eligible Medicaid enrollees for the first three years of the expansion (calendar years 2014 through 2016). And while states will take on a small share of the expansion costs between 2017 and 2019, the federal government will pay for 95.4 percent of the overall cost of the Medicaid expansion between 2014 and 2019.
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