Children's Health

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

Children's Medicaid

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

Need Assistance with Medicaid or CHIP?

If you are a Mississippi resident call the Mississippi Division of Medicaid at 877-543-7669 (toll-free call).

If you are an Alabama resident visit Alabama's Public Health All Kids Children's Health Insurance Program.

If you are an Arkansas resident visit Insure Kids Now.

If you are a Florida resident call 888-540-5437 (toll-free call) or visit Florida KidCare.

If you are a Georgia resident call 404-651-9361, visit Peach Care for Kids or Ga Department of Human Services.

Looking for new information about expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act? Visit the Kaiser Foundation's State Health Facts.

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.