Policy Points

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  • 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


  • The Importance of Comprehensive Contraceptive Counseling

    Monday, August 12th, 2019

    by Eden Blackwell It has been nearly 60 years since birth control pills became available to women in the United States.  Since that time many forms of birth control have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Over … Continue reading


  • Rural Hospitals

    Freestanding Emergency Departments and Micro-Hospitals:

    Two Models That May Help Mississippi Communities Affected by Rural Hospital Closures
    Monday, July 8th, 2019

    by Zach Smith In a recent report by Navigant Consulting, 48% of Mississippi’s rural hospitals were rated as a high financial risk.  The reasons for rural hospital closures in Mississippi, as nationwide, vary as do the possible solutions.  Reasons for … Continue reading


  • Contraceptive

    A Quick Look at Contraceptive Access in Mississippi

    Friday, May 17th, 2019

    By Eden Blackwell Women in Mississippi give birth to around 38,000 babies per year on average (though the number is declining in step with birth rates around the region and nation).  As explained earlier in the Center’s Unintended Pregnancy in … Continue reading