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There's nowhere to go but up for Magnolia State in annual survey of states' health

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June 11, 2014

How healthy is living in Mississippi? As they say, there’s nowhere to go but up from here: For the second year running, the state came in dead last the annual America’s Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

Why Mississippi was ranked #50

Mississippi’s ranking is strained by a long list of health challenges, including the highest rates of infectious disease, highest numbers of of salmonella cases per 100,000 population, high infant mortality and incidences of cardiovascular deaths and other premature deaths.

There are actually bright spots: low rates of binge drinking, low incidence of pertussis and an increasing rate of immunization coverage among adolescents.

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Mississippi.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Mississippi health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Mississippihere.

Get local health results

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.

More Mississippi resources

Mississippi state health insurance exchange

Mississippi’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.


$10.1 million to 51,744 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $329 per Mississippi family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the Mississippi Congressional delegation voted on health care.

MS state government resources

Mississippi and the Affordable Care Act

The state’s Web site to explain impacts of federal health care reform on…

Mississippi Division of Medicaid

Information on health care for the  state’s lowest income individuals and…

Mississippi Insurance Department — consumer information page

Links of interest to the state’s health insurance…

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…

MS advocacy resources

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…

Mississippi health insurance companies

Celtic Ins. Co.
Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company
Golden Rule

Health insurance for MS individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Mississippi. If you are looking for Mississippi Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.