Mississippi health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Magnolia State
How healthy is living in Mississippi? There is much room for improvement -- the state is tied with Louisiana as the 49th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Poverty in children dropped significantly in the last year: from 33.7 percent to 24.4 percent.
- The percentage of people lacking health insurance decreased slightly; however, the state ranks 42nd for health insurance coverage.
The bad news:
- Mississippi ranks 50th in seven categories in America's Health Rankings.
- Immunization rates dropped by 4.5 percentage points from 2011 to 2012.
Mississippi's best and worst category rankings:
- Binge Drinking – 6th
- Violent Crime – 16th
- Diabetes – 50th
- Obesity – 50th
- Sedentary Lifestyle – 50th
- Cardiovascular Deaths – 50th
- Infant Mortality – 50th
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.