Health Insurance Coverage in Mississippi 2019

Every year the Center for Mississippi Health Policy monitors trends in health insurance coverage in Mississippi, analyzing Census data. Using this data, we compile chartbooks that examine detailed demographic characteristics such as income, age, education, and work status for the various types of coverage and provide a profile of the uninsured. In addition, we publish a separate fact sheet presenting county-level data on uninsured adults.

Key takeaways from this year’s data:

  • The uninsured rate among Mississippi adults is at 18%, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 12%.
  • Every county in Mississippi experienced a drop in the number of uninsured non-elderly adults from 2014-2017 for those at or below 138% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
  • The uninsured rate for Mississippi children is at 5%, which is even with the national rate.
  • Most uninsured children in Mississippi, nearly 70%, are eligible for public insurance coverage either through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Nearly 80% of uninsured Mississippi children live in families with parents that work a full-time job.
  • Mississippi has approximately 189,930 uninsured individuals at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
  • In 2017, for the first time since 2013, the number of uninsured individuals at or below 138% FPL increased over the prior year.
  • Nearly half of all uninsured Mississippi adults are working a full-time job.
  • While 85% of employees in Mississippi work for companies that offer health insurance, only 77% of these employees are eligible for health insurance coverage under the company’s plan.
  • For Mississippians at or below 138% FPL only one third get their insurance through employer-based plans.

Why these data points are important:

Most uninsured adults in Mississippi are working full-time but fall are at or below 138% FPL. As these data points describe, working full-time does not necessarily equate to insurance access for adults or their children. While Mississippi’s uninsurance rate has declined since 2012, it remains significantly higher than the national rate.