To survive and thrive, all children need access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage that is easy to get and keep. Unmet health and mental health needs can result in children falling behind developmentally and having trouble catching up physically, socially and academically. Poor children and children of color have worse access to health care and, as a result, often start life several steps behind their wealthier and healthier white peers. This is why the Children’s Defense Fund-Southern Regional Office works to ensure all children have access to child-specific health coverage that is affordable for families. Thanks in large part to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), today the number of uninsured children is at a historic low. We are working to protect those gains and work to expand health coverage for the remaining uninsured children to ensure timely access to appropriate care for all children.
Comprehensive, Affordable Health Coverage for Mississippi Children
Federal program provides free health coverage to children in the lowest income families—at or below 100 percent of federal poverty level (FLP).
A family of four can earn up to $22,356 annually and still qualify.
Learn more about Medicaid.
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
CHIP is a federal and state program that provides low-cost health coverage to children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance.
A family of four can earn up to $44,700 annually and still qualify.
Learn more about CHIP.
How to Apply
Learn More About CDF's Work on Children's Health
The Children's Defense Fund continues to work with other child advocates, policymakers and private sector organizations to ensure all children have access to high-quality and appropriate health coverage. Learn more about our work across the country.