Policy Points


  • Drug Overdose Deaths in Mississippi

    Up 52.3% from April 2020 to April 2021
    Friday, November 19th, 2021

    Written by Larry L. Smith, Ph. D. Drug Overdose Deaths Up 52.3% from April 2020 to April 2021 in Mississippi The National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Vital Statistics Rapid Release … Continue reading

  • Mississippi Healthcare Providers Need Continuing Education If State Passes a Medical Marijuana Program (MMP)

    Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

    Written by the Center for Mississippi Health Policy staff with contributions from University of Mississippi Medical Center students participating in a Fellowship with the Center to study health policy.  FIG. 1 Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure Rule 2.1 “Every Mississippi … Continue reading

  • Postpartum Coverage

    Comprehensive Maternal Health Coverage

    Monday, February 22nd, 2021

    By Eden Blackwell Women need quality healthcare before, during, and after pregnancy for the best outcomes for moms and their babies.  Through Medicaid, pregnant women with household incomes of up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) can gain … Continue reading

  • The Medicaid Family Planning Waiver:

    One tool in the box to support maternal and child health in Mississippi
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

    By Eden Blackwell Since the early 2000’s the United States experienced a rise in the number of preventable pregnancy-related deaths as well as maternal and infant illness despite broader access to healthcare through insurance, managed care, and health educators. Mississippi … Continue reading

  • How the Medical Loss Ratio Impacts Mississippi

    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

    by Zach Smith The Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision, an often-forgotten part of the Affordable Care Act behind more well-known provisions, such as individuals being allowed access to insurance with a pre-existing condition or individuals being allowed to stay on … Continue reading