Mississippi health insurance
There's nowhere to go but up for Magnolia State in annual survey of states' healthHow 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 Mississippi here.
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.
Does Mississippi have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Mississippi started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed 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.