State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Mississippi

Mississippi is not expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income adults as of January 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Mississippi.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information:  Mississippi has a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). People can visit the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) to compare plans and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that may apply.[iii]

Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Mississippi can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are two ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.[iv]

2) They can contact the Marketplace call center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1-800-318-2596, TTY: 1-855-889-4325). [v]


Mississippi Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website: http://www.medicaid.ms.gov.[vi]

Link to important contact information Medicaid helpline number (800-421-2408).[vii]

Link to a map and contact information for the nearest regional Medicaid office[viii]

Link to a summary of Mississippi’s basic eligibility guidelines[ix]

Link to information on Mississippi’s Medicaid State Plan[x]

Link to information on which services and medications are covered by Medicaid [xi]

For a link to an organizational chart of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid[xii]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xiii]

Link to the Medicaid provider manual[xiv]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Mississippi health insurance exchange?  Mississippi is not operating its own health insurance exchange. Apply for coverage at Heathcare.gov.

Where can you find help to enrollment in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to enrollment help[xv]

 

State Health Information

How many people in Mississippi are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 17% of Mississippi’s population was uninsured in 2013. The total number of potential marketplace participants is 284,000. [xvi]

How many are enrolled so far? 80,251 have selected a plan, as of January 2015.[xvii]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 30% of uninsured Mississippi residents (73,000) are eligible for Medicaid; only 19,000 are adults, as of November 2014.[xviii]

Is Mississippi a Medicaid health home state?  No.

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

House: Rep. Sam C. Mims (R-District 97) chairs the Public Health & Human Services Committee.

Senate: Sen. Dean Kirby (R-District 30) chairs the Public Health and Welfare Committee. [xix]

 

Other Related Information and Links for Mississippi

Link to information on the Mississippi Department of Corrections     [xx]

Link to the Mississippi Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services[xxi]

Link to the Mississippi Department of Mental Health [xxii]

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Mississippi [xxiii]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxiv]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxv]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxvi]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxvii]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxviii]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxix]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxx]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxi]

 

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[i] See Healthcare.gov, Find out if you qualify for Medicaid and CHIP, Mississippi, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 4:27 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/mississippi.html.

[ii] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by Sate, Mississippi, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 4:28 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/mississippi.html.

[iii] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by Sate, Mississippi, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 4:28 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/mississippi.html.

[iv] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 4:45 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov.

[v] See Healthcare.gov, Apply for health coverage, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 4:50 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/apply-and-enroll/how-to-apply/.

[vi] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 4:55 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov..

[vii] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 4:55 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/contact/.

[viii] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 5:06 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/about/office-locations/.

[ix] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 5:18 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/medicaid-coverage/.

[x] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:08 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Mississippi. (Provides state plan amendments and summaries).

[xi] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 5:26 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/medicaid-coverage/covered-services/.

[xii] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 5:28 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/about/leadership/.

[xiii] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 5:28 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/about/leadership/.

[xiv] See Mississippi Division of Medicaid, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 5:28 p.m., http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/providers/billing-manual/.

[xv] See Mississippi Health Connector, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:58 p.m., https://www.Mississippihealthconnector.org .

[xvi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, November 23, 2014, at 6:46 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-Mississippi/.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 6:51 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-Mississippi/.

[xviii] See CMS, Medicaid & CHIP: June 2014 Monthly Applications, Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment Report August 8, 2014, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 6:50 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/AffordableCareAct/Medicaid-Moving-Forward-2014/Downloads/June-2014-Enrollment-Report.pdf

[xix] See The 188th General Court of The Commonwealth of Mississippi, Joint Committee on Public Health, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 5:05 p.m., https://malegislature.gov/committees/joint/j16 .

[xx] See  Mississippi  Department of  Corrections, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 7:39 p.m., http://www.mdoc.state.ms.us.

[xxi] See Mississippi Department of Mental Health, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 7:46 p.m., http://www.dmh.ms.gov/alcohol-and-drug-services/.

[xxii] See Mississippi Department of Mental Health, last viewed at November 23, 2014, at 7:46 p.m., http://www.dmh.ms.gov/service-options/mental-health/.

[xxiii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=MS.

[xxiv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxv]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvi] See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxvii]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxviii]   See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxix]   See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxi  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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