Mississippi tied with Louisiana as the 49th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Mississippi, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Mississippi started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Mississippi's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Mississippi and the Affordable Care Act — The state’s Web site to explain impacts of federal health care reform on Mississippians.
MO CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) — Designed to provide health care insurance for children in families without health insurance or with inadequate health insurance. It does not replace Medicaid; in fact, children on Medicaid are precluded from CHIP participation.
Mississippi Division of Medicaid — Information on health care for the state’s lowest income individuals and families.
Mississippi Insurance Department –consumer information page — Links of interest to the state’s health insurance consumers.
The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) — MHAP is a voice for improved health care for all throughout the state of Mississippi, especially those whose health is threatened by poverty, racism, malnutrition and violence.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Mississippi.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Mississippi -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Mississippi.
Why health care reform is important to Mississippi -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Mississippi.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Mississippi -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Mississippi.
Mississippi mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Mississippi -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $329 per family in 2012.
02/08/2013 6:02 AM
Reuters — The federal government rejected Mississippi’s plan for a state-run exchange, citing the governor’s opposition to the plan. No other state-run plan has been rejected.
01/10/2013 8:01 PM
Gulflive.com — State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney continues to voice support for a state-run health insurance exchange – or health insurance marketplace, while Gov. Phil Bryant challenged Chaney’s authority to commit the state to that option.
01/10/2013 8:01 PM
Mississippi Business Journal — In a survey conducted by the non-profit Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, 51% of consumers indicated a favorable opinion of a state health insurance exchange – or health insurance marketplace. The state’s insurance commissioner went against Gov. Phil Bryant’s wishes in signing the state up to run its own exchange.
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